|Title:||Head Women's Basketball Coach|
Head Coach Aaron Nester is beginning his second year at the helm of the Oglethorpe University women’s basketball program. Hired in May 2011, Nester is looking to revitalize the tradition-rich program in Atlanta. In just one year, the program has already seen improvement via an up-tempo style of play and focus on defense. In his first season as head coach of the Stormy Petrels, he led a team that had gone 6-19 the year before to an 8-17 record. The season was highlighted by victories over local rival Emory (Nov. 15, 2011) at home and second-place SCAC finisher Millsaps (Feb. 5, 2012) on the road. The team was extremely competitive throughout the year, ultimately losing nine games by seven points or less. The Lady Petrels finished the year on the upper end of the defensive rankings within the conference. They led the league in steals (11.5/game) and blocks (4.0/game) and also finished fifth in field-goal percentage defense and points per game.
Nester came to Oglethorpe after five years as an assistant coach at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. He was involved in all aspects of the program, including post-player development, scouting, coordinating schedules and team travel, analyzing in-game video, and assisting with in-game strategy. During his five seasons with the program, Wartburg College improved from 7-18 in 2005-06 to 21-5 in 2010-11. During the 2010-11 season, the program got off to its best start ever when it opened up the year 14-0 and broke into the WBCA/USA Today Division III Top 25 national rankings. The team won a total of 81 games in five seasons and saw a win improvement each year.
Prior to his stint at Wartburg College, Nester was an assistant in the women's basketball program at his alma mater, Rockford College in Rockford, Ill., from 2002-06. Again involved in all aspects of the program, including practice preparation, post development, recruitment and game strategy, Nester helped the team to the best four-year stretch in program history. The program won 76 games in four seasons, which also included three conference championships, and three trips to the NCAA Division III national tournament.
During his 10 years of coaching at the Division III level, he has had the opportunity to coach 14 all-conference players, five all-region players, and seven 1,000-point scorers.
A native of Indianapolis, Nester earned a bachelor's degree in sports management from Rockford College, and he also holds a Master’s degree from Rockford. Nester is currently a member of the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championship Committee and serves as chair of the South Region.
He and his wife, Stefanie, reside in Atlanta.