2007-08 Men's Basketball
Overall Conference Streak Home Away Neutral
23-11 (.676) 9-7 (.563) Won 3 11-4 7-7 5-0
 
2007-08 Men's Basketball Coaches
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Greg Tonagel
Head Coach
47 wins, an elite 8 appearance, a conference championship along with 2 conference coach of the year awards is what Indiana Wesleyan got out of one of the youngest head coaches in the nation during Greg Tonagel's first two years leading the Wildcats. What makes this turnaround so amazing is the fact that the school had only won a total of seven games while finishing dead last in conference prior to coach Tonagel's arrival. A former Valparaiso University point guard known for his hard work and energy has brought exactly that to the campus of Indiana Wesleyan.
 
A new era in Wildcat basketball began April 1st, 2005 when Greg Tonagel was introduced as the Men's head coach. Experience gained from leading his Valparaiso Crusader's to four NCAA tournament appearances as a starting point guard along with the tutelage of mentor Homer Drew, Tonagel has helped orchestrate one of the biggest turnarounds in college basketball. In his first year, his team doubled their overall win total and more than tripled their conference win total from the previous year. Excitement and campus enthusiasm was at an all time high until the Wildcats followed up with an even better year. Second consecutive conference coach of the year, Tonagel guided Indiana Wesleyan to a school record 30-5 along with a trip to the Elite 8. The Wildcats also won their first ever conference championship. Making a name for him-self when it come program building, Coach Tonagel has done it through sound developmental teaching and high caliber recruiting.
 
At the completion of the 06-07' campaign, Tonagel's Wildcats ranked in 16 different statistical categories among the national leaders. Known for their defense, the Wildcats led the nation in scoring defense at 59 pg at the completion of the regular season. They also ranked in the top ten in six defensive categories. 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 the "Luckey Lunatics" making Luckey Arena a fantastic place to experience a basketball game. Tonagel and his staff have introduced innovative offensive style that players want to be a part of and fans desire to see.
 
Perhaps the biggest influence that Coach Tonagel and the staff have had on the program is the work ethic that they have instilled. His teams play with passion and toughness. It doesn't matter if his guys are writing a paper, helping a neighbor or working out in the gym, he demands that you be committed and give everything you can. Many consider his weight and conditioning programs to be some of the toughest around. Players learn to bond together, which is the only way to survive these grueling workouts.
 

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 reside in Marion In. He is active in a number of organizations and causes, most notably his church.


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
2006 - Mid-central Coach of the Year
2007 - Mid-central Coach of the Year

Coaching Experience

Valparaiso University Player/Coach* 2003-2004
Valparaiso University Dir. Basketball Ops. 2004-2005
Indiana Wesleyan Head Coach 2005-Present
  • 2005-2006 17-14, 2nd place in conference
  • 2006-2007 30-5, Conf. Champs, Elite 8
  • Overall Record of 47-19
* 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
Assistant Coach

Jeff Clark enters his second season at IWU. Though relatively new to the coaching world, Clark has quickly found his niche, helping the Wildcats to another outstanding recruiting class while being named the Indiana Basketball News top NAIA assistant in 2007. Clark will be involved in all phases of Wildcat basketball but will focus on post player development and game preparation while serving as the recruiting coordinator.

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

Considering his age, Clark has considerable international basketball experience. This past summer, Clark helped conduct a clinic in Macedonia to help the Macedonian Basketball Federation develop the skills of some of the national teams. He also worked closely with some of the national coaches to help them learn more about the game. During his playing career, Clark spent a summer in Russia playing basketball with Athletes in Action against Russian professional teams. Clark was also one of the founders of Anderson University's Athletes in Action chapter.

Clark graduated magna cum laude from Anderson University with a double major in Business Administration and Secondary Education. He and his wife, Tiffany (Hueber), were married on August 4th,2007.

 
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Fred Hodson
Assistant Coach

Fred Hodson begins his first season on the Indiana Wesleyan basketball staff. Hodson, a former Wildcat player, is no stranger to Grant County basketball. During his IWU career from 1988-91, Hodson scored 1,856 points, which currently places him fourth on the all time IWU scoring list. He previously held the record for career 3-point field goals made. Playing his first three years under Coach Mike Fratzke, and Coach Dave Bireline his senior year, Hodson received All Conference awards in 1989, 1990, and 1991. He also received NAIA All-District and NCCAA All-District awards in 1990 and 1991.

Upon graduating from Indiana Wesleyan in 1992, Hodson began his coaching career at Lakeview Christian. After three seasons of coaching the JV, assisted one year by the voice of the Wildcats, Roger Alcock, Hodson stepped into the Varsity position. Over the past 16 years, Hodson has accumulated 14 years of coaching experience, including four as a varsity head coach in Indiana and Tennessee. Before taking a break from coaching to pursue his Masters Degree through Indiana Wesleyan, his JV teams at Mississinewa tallied a three year record of 54-6, going 20-0 in 2003-04.

Hodson has had International experience as well. In 1993 he traveled as a player/coach with a group of NAIA/NCCAA athletes and competed with teams in the Ukraine. During their first stop, the team faced one of the players on the Olympic team. An invitation was extended for Hodson to return and play on his professional team. While in the Ukraine the team would compete and then witness to the players at halftime.

Hodson had this to say about joining the staff, “Coach Tonagel has embraced and upheld the philosophy and spirit of Indiana Wesleyan University. Coach Tonagel’s leadership and relentless pursuit of excellence is contagious and inspiring. Coaches Tonagel and Clark require the same of themselves as they do of their players, only the best and nothing less. God has provided this opportunity and it is a privilege to be connected with IWU, once again, and Coach Tonagel.” Hodson recalls walking with Dr. Fratzke to meet Coach Tonagel just outside of Luckey Gymansium, the day of his first interview at IWU. “I knew in my heart we were going to be coaching together, not in my timeframe, but in God’s.”

A somewhat unique “coincidence”, Hodson coached against three of the current Wildcats, during their high school career…Jordan Bragg, Clint Cochran and Spencer Harris.

Coach Hodson’s primary responsibilities include assisting in practice, working with the guards, scouting, and recruiting. Hodson teaches elementary Physical Education at Westview and Northview Elementary, which are a part of the Mississinewa Community Schools.