Coach Etheridge is in his first year as Interim Women’s Basketball Coach and first year as Assistant Football Coach at Hocking College.
Sterry was born and raised in Youngstown, OH, by his mother Emma Etheridge. He attended East High School in Youngstown, OH, where he was an honorable mention selection and team captain. He attended Sacramento City Junior College, then entered the U.S. Army, retiring with 20+ years’ service.
While assigned in Columbus, OH, he returned to football; first as the President of the Columbus Renegades Youth Organization and coaching at Northland High School where he served as the JV head coach and defensive line coach on the varsity.
After retiring from the military, Coach Etheridge proceeded to Hibbing Community College in Hibbing, MN, where he served as the defensive line coach and women’s assistant basketball coach. He then returned to Columbus and coaching football at Briggs High School. At the same time, he served as the athletic director and two years as women’s basketball coach at Capital High School in Columbus, OH.
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. He was then hired as the head coach the following season, making the MCCAC playoffs three times in four seasons (once as the defensive coordinator and twice as head coach).
Etheridge is the father of two sons, Sterry and Akeem. Sterry was an All-American wide receiver at Hibbing Community College and Akeem was an all-conference defensive back at Slippery Rock University.
Etheridge earned his Bachelor’s degree from Wilberforce