Stern was named the new head coach of the Gallaudet University men's basketball program on June 13, 2012. Stern ascended to the top position of the GU men's basketball program after playing four years as an undergraduate, serving as a men's basketball assistant coach for three years, and guiding the Gallaudet women's basketball program for the 2011-12 season. Stern was named the Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Athletics in January 2015 after two years as the department's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Advisor.
In his first two seasons as head coach for the men's team, Stern has instilled his aggressive, disciplined, and unselfish brand of basketball and established the Bison as a premier defensive squad in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC). However, his ultimate focus is on helping players become complete scholar-athletes who excel in the classroom and in daily life. Prior to becoming the head coach of the men's team, Stern served as head coach for the women's basketball team for one year where they earned a spot on the prestigious Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Academic Top 25 Honor Roll for the first time in university history.
Stern has developed several players who earned all-conference honors. Britny Latham was named to the All-NEAC third team in 2011-12, Layton Seeber was nominated to the All-NEAC first team and Danny Kelly the third team in the 2012-13 season, and most recently, Joshua McGriff was named the NEAC Rookie of Year and Orion Palmer to the second team in 2013-14.
Stern served as an assistant men's basketball coach for three years from 2008-11. The 2010-11 team set a program record for wins in a season (17) dating back to 1904 and advanced to its first-ever postseason appearance as the Bison participated in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) South tournament.
Stern, who is deaf, played four years for the Bison men's basketball program where he started three seasons and was a three-time captain. He graduated summa cum laude from GU in 2006 and since then has earned master degrees from American University and Catholic University of America. He is currently working on his Ph.D. in American Politics at CUA. Stern has also been teaching American Politics at Gallaudet University for the past seven years.
The California native started playing basketball in a hearing Catholic Youth League while attending California School for the Deaf in Fremont. He then transferred to University High School, a large public high school in California, where he was the only deaf player on the team. He donned the USA jersey in the 2005 Deaflympics in Australia where they captured gold. Stern was also an assistant coach for the USA men's team who competed at the 2013 Deaflympics in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Stern resides in the Brookland neighborhood in Washington, D.C., with Dana Sipek and their daughter, Mahalia.