(6-4-17) Rockford Lutheran recently hired Belvidere native Josh Sternquist as their new athletic director. Sternquist will replace Dirk Campbell who was hired in 2014 and is now the new AD at Bradley-Bourbonnais.
Rockford Lutheran Executive Director Don Gillingham
“Josh’s work at the highest level of college athletics is a perfect fit for our college prep school. So many of our students aspire to play at the next level, they will be wonderfully served by a person who knows the reality of college sports.”
Sternquist was director of player personnel for the University of Illinois football last season, he joined the Illinois staff in the spring of 2016 as director of player personnel where he directs all aspects of Illinois’ football recruiting program.
Sternquist came to Illinois after four years as director of football recruiting for New Mexico and Coach Bob Davie and directed all aspects of the Lobo’s recruiting program while working in conjunction with the director of football operations on new player orientation, housing, football camps, and advance travel.
Sternquist has more than 12 years of recruiting and operational experience at the Football Bowl Subdivision level. He went to New Mexico from the University of Minnesota, in which he worked from 2008-2012 under Tim Brewster and Jerry Kill. Prior to his years at Minnesota, Sternquist was a football and recruiting operations assistant at the University of Wisconsin from 2004-08. In 2006, Sternquist assisted with the Badger recruiting class that would help lead the Badgers back to the Rose Bowl during the 2010 season — the school’s first trip there since the 1999 season. While at Wisconsin, Sternquist worked for College Football Hall of Fame Coach, Barry Alvarez. Sternquist graduated from Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2004 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education. He played defensive back for three years at Wisconsin-Whitewater, earning Academic All-WIAC honors and four Defensive Player of the Week awards. He finished his career tied for fourth place on the school’s all-time interceptions list.
Sternquist started his collegiate career at Valparaiso University, playing from 1999-2000.