Coach Etheridge was born and raised in Youngstown Ohio, by his mother Emma Etheridge. He attended East High School in Youngstown Ohio, where he was an Honorable Mention and team captain. He attended Sacramento City Junior College. After leaving Sacramento Junior College he entered the U.S. Army retiring with twenty years plus federal service.
While assigned in Columbus Ohio he quickly realized he wanted to return to football. First as the President of the Columbus Renegades Youth Organization and coaching at Northland High school where he served as the Head JV coach and Defensive Line coach on the Varsity. After retiring from the Military Coach Etheridge proceeded to Hibbing Community college in Hibbing Minnesota where he served as the Defensive Line Coach and Lady’s assistant basketball coach.
Returning back to Columbus Ohio to follow his two sons High school and collegiate success. Later coach Etheridge continued his education in the master’s program and returned to coaching football at Briggs High school Columbus City League, while performing duties as the Athletic Director and assistant basketball coach at Capital High School Columbus Ohio.
In 2013 Coach Etheridge was hired as the Defensive Coordinator at Vermilion Community College ranking no. 25 in takeaways in his first season as defensive coordinator. And was hired as the Head Coach the following season, making the MCCAC playoffs three times in four seasons, at Vermilion. Once as the Defensive Coordinator and twice as and Head coach.
Having the honor of coaching two NJCAA All Americans Ashton Elmore and Kory Cullum. Etheridge is the father of Sterry and Akeem. Sterry was an All American wide receiver at Hibbing Community College and Akeem an All-conference Defensive back at Slippery rock University. Etheridge earned his Bachelor’s degree from Wilberforce University and his Master’s degree in Coaching and Athletic administration from Concordia University.