1993 NCAA Div. III champions
PELLA — Former Oglethorpe University (Ga.) head coach Aaron Nester has joined the Central College women’s basketball staff, and will become the top varsity assistant to coach Chelsea Petersen.
Nester served as Oglethorpe’s head women’s coach the past three seasons after serving as an assistant coach at Wartburg College from 2006-11. From 2002-06, Nester was an assistant at his alma mater, Rockford College (Ill.), where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Since 2011, Nester has served as the South Region chair on the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championship Committee.
An Indianapolis, Ind. Native, Nester is experienced in helping rebuild Division III women’s basketball programs. During his tenure at Rockford, the women’s squad won 76 games in four seasons, won three conference titles and participated in three NCAA Division III tournaments. During his five seasons at Wartburg, the Knights improved from 7-18 in 2005-06 to 21-5 in 2010-11.
“The Central women’s basketball program has taken a significant step forward with the addition of Aaron Nester to our coaching staff,” Petersen said. “He brings a wealth of Division III coaching experience, has a deep knowledge of the Iowa Conference, and will immediately have a positive impact on our women’s program.”
Petersen said Nester’s energy and competitive spirit will contribute to building a high- energy culture in Central’s program.
“Aaron’s basketball knowledge, his extensive recruiting experience, and his insights in all facets of running a Division III program distinguished him in a very competitive search process,” Petersen said. “But the thing that stuck out during interviews was his passion for women’s basketball, his tremendous enthusiasm, and his desire to impact our students’ lives.”
Petersen piloted Central to its highest victory total in the past decade with an 11-14 mark while serving in an interim role and is eagerly looking ahead.
“I am looking forward to working with Coach Nester and feel that our values and basketball philosophies are closely aligned,” Petersen said. “I am confident that Coach Nester’s contributions will help us quickly build Central’s women’s basketball program into a very competitive position in the Iowa Conference.”