2017-18 Men's Basketball
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2017-18 Men's Basketball Coaches
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Greg Tonagel
Head Coach- 13th Season

Greg Tonagel begins his 13th season at the helm of the Indiana Wesleyan University men’s basketball team in 2017-18.

Tonagel and the Wildcats reached the summit in 2014 and 2016 as the program won two NAIA Division II national championships in three years. Indiana Wesleyan won the 2014 red banner in unprecedented fashion as they became the first team to win all five of their games at the national tournament by double digit. In 2016, Indiana Wesleyan defeated the top two seeds in the tournament to claim the title.

Tonagel is a two-time NABC/NAIA Division II National Coach of the Year.

In his 12 season as a head coach, Tonagel has already led Indiana Wesleyan to two national championships, one Final Four, five Elite Eight finishes, and eight Crossroads League regular season championships, including seven straight from 2009-15.

Indiana Wesleyan finished the 2013-14 and 2015-16 seasons as the No. 1-ranked team in NAIA Division II. Tonagel's teams have spent time in the NAIA top-five in each of the last 11 seasons.

Despite being a head coach for 12 seasons, Tonagel is already the winningest coach in the program’s history. He has the highest winning percentage (.784), most wins (330), most NAIA national tournament victories (24), most national tournament appearances (10), and most Crossroads League regular season championships (8).

The former Valparaiso (Ind.) University point guard, known for his hard work and energy, has brought those characteristics to the basketball program. Tonagel was introduced as head men’s basketball coach on April 1, 2005. Drawing from experience gained from leading the Valparaiso Crusaders to four NCAA tournament appearances as a starting point guard, along with the tutelage of mentor Homer Drew, Tonagel has helped orchestrate a new era of Wildcat basketball.

Prior to Tonagel’s hiring, the Wildcats had won seven games and finished last in the Mid-Central College Conference. The program improved by 10 wins under Tonagel’s tutelage in his first year on the bench and reached the NAIA Elite Eight in his second season. Making a name for himself when it comes to program building, Tonagel has done it through sound developmental teaching and high caliber recruiting.

Known for defense, the Wildcats led the nation in scoring defense at 59 points per game at the completion of the 2006-07 regular season. They also ranked in the top ten in the nation in six defensive categories in the 2009-2010 season. Although it all starts on the defensive end for the Wildcats, an up-tempo, aggressive offensive style that utilizes skilled and creative play has rejuvenated Luckey Arena into a fantastic place to experience a basketball game. Tonagel and his staff have introduced an innovative offensive style that players want to be a part of and fans desire to see.

Perhaps the biggest influence that Tonagel and the staff have had on the program is the work ethic that they have instilled on and off the court. Tonagel’s teams have passion and toughness. Whether it is writing a paper, helping a neighbor or working out in the gym, Tonagel demands commitment and 100-percent effort from each student-athlete.

Prior to his current position, Tonagel served as Director of Basketball Operations at Valparaiso University, where he played in four NCAA Tournaments. He also led his LaPorte High School team to the last single class state finals in 1997. Greg and his wife, Amy, along with their three children Jace, William, and Allie reside in Marion. He is active in a number of organizations and causes, most notably his church.

 

CAREER RECORD AT INDIANA WESLEYAN

Year

Overall

League

CL Finish

CL Tourn.

Postseason

Honors

2005-06

17-13

10-6

3rd

T-3rd

MCC Semifinals

MCC COY

2006-07

30-5

14-2

T-1st

2nd

NAIA Elite Eight

MCC COY

2007-08

23-11

9-7

4th

T-7th

NCCAA Champions

 

2008-09

29-7

13-3

T-1st

2nd

NAIA Elite Eight

 

2009-10

30-6

13-3

1st

1st

NAIA Elite Eight

 

2010-11

28-8 13-3 1st 2nd NAIA Elite Eight MCC COY

2011-12

21-12 12-6 1st T-3rd NAIA First Round  

2012-13

26-7 14-4 1st T-7th NAIA Round of 16 CL COY

2013-14

31-6

15-3

1st

2nd

NAIA National Champions

NAIA DII COY

2014-15

33-3 16-2 2nd 1st NAIA Elite Eight CL COY

2015-16

33-5 14-4 2nd 2nd NAIA National Champions NAIA DII COY

2016-17

29-8 14-4 2nd 2nd NAIA Final Dour  

TOTALS

330-91

157-47

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The Greg Tonagel File

Personal

Birthdate April 5, 1980
Birthplace LaPorte, Indiana
High School LaPorte HS, (1998)
Education Valparaiso Univeristy
Degrees B.S. Biology and Secondary Ed (2003)
M.A. Teaching & Learning (2005)

 

Honors

1997 - Led H.S team to last single class state finals
1997 - Selected to attend Nike All American Camp
1998 - Starter for the Indiana All Star Team
1998-2003 - Led Valparaiso to 4 NCAA Tournaments

 

  • Won 20 games each of the four years as a starter
  • Compaq National play of the week
  • Set single season FT record
  • Academic All Conference
  • Two-time team captain
  • Team Chaplain and Bible study leader


Coaching Experience
 

Valparaiso University Player/Coach* 2003-2004
Valparaiso University Dir. Basketball Ops. 2004-2005
Indiana Wesleyan Head Coach 2005-Present
 

* Granted 6th year of eligibility and spent time doing both.
 


What they're saying about Greg Tonagel
 
"What Coach Tonagel has been able to accomplish in a short amount of time at Indiana Wesleyan is amazing. They have set records for most wins and highest finish in their conference history. This has led to an unbelievable recruiting class for 06' and many more to come. Watch out for Indiana Wesleyan Basketball!"
  Matt Painter - Purdue Head Coach
 
"Coach Tonagel was an outstanding basketball player for us here at Valparaiso University, and it is no surprise to me the outstanding accomplishments he has made for Indiana Wesleyan University. He knows the game, works hard, and relates extremely well to his players. He truly is one of the best young coaches in our profession."
  Homer Drew - Valparaiso University
 
"I have seen first hand his basketball mind, character, integrity and relentless work ethic. He will develop his players by helping them reach their full potential."
  Rex Walters - Florida Atlantic Head Coach
 
"What Greg Tonagel and his staff have been able to achieve in just one year is the kind of story that movies get made of. This program is on the road to building a dynasty with the talent they are recruiting, the way they are developing players, and how they are coaching them!!"
  Scott Drew - Baylor Head Coach
 
"Tonagel was a smart player who knows how the game should be played. I am sure he will be an outstanding teacher and motivator. I believe his teams will play the same way he did, with passion and determination."
  Mike Heideman - Washington State Assistant Coach

 

 
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Jeff Clark
Associate Head Coach- 12th Season

Jeff Clark enters his 12th season on Greg Tonagel’s staff at Indiana Wesleyan in 2017-18.

Clark helped lead Indiana Wesleyan to the 2014 and 2016 NAIA Division II National Championships. Indiana Wesleyan won the 2014 title in historic fashion as IWU became the first team to win all five national tournament games by double digits, capped by a 78-68 victory over Midland (Neb.).

Since joining the staff in the 2006-2007 season, Clark has helped guide the Wildcats to 12 of the most successful seasons in school history. Clark has been on the bench for two national championships, a Final Four, and five Elite Eight runs in the NAIA National Tournament as well as a NCCAA National Championship season. Since he has been on staff, the Wildcats have won eight Crossroads League Championships, the only eight in school history.

Clark has been named the Indiana Basketball News top NAIA Assistant four times. He is involved in all phases of Wildcat basketball but focuses on post player development and game preparation, while also serving as the recruiting coordinator. Clark’s specialty is developing post players, and he was instrumental in the development of 1st Team All-American Zach Coverstone as well as the emergence of two-time, 2nd Team All-American Patrick Hopkins.

Prior to joining the Wildcat coaching staff, Clark had a four-year basketball career at Anderson (Ind.) University where he was a two-year captain and was twice named to the Academic All-Conference team.

Clark graduated magna cum laude from Anderson with a double major in Business Administration and Secondary Education. He completed his Masters of Science Management in February 2010 from Indiana Wesleyan. Clark and his wife Tiffany reside in Marion with their sons Joshua and Caleb.

What they're saying about Coach Clark

"Jeff Clark is a great guy of character. If he came to recruit me, I would have four words for him: Where do I sign?"

-Ernie Johnson

NBA on TNT

"Jeff Clark is one of the brightest young college coaches in America! I have observed his work ethic and passion for the game since he was a player at Leo High and Anderson University. He is an excellent teacher, mentor and coach. I can think of no one better to entrust my son with than Jeff Clark of Indiana Wesleyan University."

-Reg Tisdale

Publisher of Indiana Basketball News

 
David Osborn
Assistant Coach- 1st Season
 
Jordan Weidner
Grad Assistant- 1st Season

Jordan Weidner has been hired as the graduate assistant for the Indiana Wesleyan men’s basketball team.

Weidner first came to Indiana Wesleyan as a member of the men’s basketball team in 2010. He played all four years at Indiana Wesleyan and finished his career third on the all-time scoring list with 2,224 points. As a senior, Weidner led Indiana Wesleyan to the program’s first national championship. During that season, Weidner was named the Crossroads League Player of the Year, NAIA All-America First Team, and the Most Outstanding Player at the NAIA National Championship.

Upon graduating from Indiana Wesleyan in 2014, Weidner was selected first overall in the NBL Canada draft by the Mississauga Power. In his rookie season he was a member of the All-Rookie Team. After a short professional basketball stint, Weidner returned to Plainfield, Indiana where he did basketball specific skill and development training for younger kids. Last season, he spent time as a freshmen boys basketball head coach at Avon High School in Avon, Indiana.

 
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David Dimmich
Assistant Coach- 10th Season

David Dimmich Enters his fifth season as an assistant coach in 2012013. 

Dimmich has been associated with Indiana Wesleyan men’s basketball since his son Caleb played for the Wildcats from 1996-1999. Caleb holds three school records, the most notable being making 11 three point field goals in a single game. He scored 1,158 point in his shortened career at IWU before he died in a tragic farm accident in July of 1999. Caleb was awarded a posthumous Bachelor of Science degree by the university in 2005.

David, who attended Purdue University, works for the Wildcats in the areas of recruiting and player relations. He has worked extensively to build relationships with all members of the Wildcat program. In the summers of 2008 and 2011, David traveled with the Wildcats to the Dominican Republic.

David and his wife Kristin live in West Lafayette, Indiana. He is involved in agriculture with his son, Zachary, daughter-in-law Landra, and grandson Branson.