2012-13 Men's Basketball
Overall Crossroads Streak Home Away Neutral
26-7 (.788) 14-4 (.778) Lost 1 15-2 7-4 4-1
 
Greg Tonagel
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Greg Tonagel
Head Coach
8th Season

Greg Tonagel begins his eighth season at the helm of the Indiana Wesleyan University men’s basketball team in 2012-13.

Five conference championships and four Elite Eight finishes in the last six years have put the Wildcats in elite company nationally. With IWU’s 2012 preseason ranking of No. 4 in the nation, Coach Tonagel’s team has spent time in the top-five nationally in each of the last seven years. Despite being a head coach for only eight seasons, Tonagel is already the winningest coach in the program’s history. He has the highest winning percentage, most regular season victories, most post-season victories, most national tournament appearances and wins in the school’s history along with the only five conference championships and one tournament championship.

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. Indiana Wesleyan has posted the five best seasons in program history under Tonagel as the Wildcat’s 30-5 season of 2006-07 and 30-6 season in 2009-2010 tied for most wins in school history, the 2008-09 season of 29-7 is the third most wins, the 28-8 record in 2010-2011 season is fourth, and the 26-7 in 2012-13 is fifth.

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.

Many consider his weight and conditioning programs to be as hard as any 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, 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

TOTALS

204-69

98-34

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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

2005-06: Mid-Central College Conference Coach of the Year
2006-07: Mid-Central College Conference 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
 

* 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

 

 
 
Roster
Roster for 2012-13 Men's Basketball Team
#NameCl.Pos.Ht.Wt.HometownPrevious School
Michael Moffitt*FRF6-6190Marion, Ind.Oak Hill H.S.
5Garvin HaugheyJRG6-3170Leawood, Kan.Kansas City Christian H.S.
10Kylan DubbelsFRG5-10155Kokomo, Ind.Northwestern H.S.
11Darrian MikellSRG5-11165Avon, Ind.Avon H.S.
12Taylor SchoenSRF6-4200Oxford, Ind.Benton Central H.S.
13DJ BettingerSOG5-11165Richfield, OhioRevere H.S.
20Tyler GreathouseSOF6-9210Columbus, Ind.Columbus North H.S.
23Taylor LehmanFRG6-2170Greenfield, Ind.Eastside Eagles Home School
24Parker StoufferJRC6-7245Wabash, Ind.Southwood H.S.
30Aaron MartinSRG6-5200Rossville, Ind.Rossville H.S.
32Zac VandewaterSOG/F6-5190Warsaw, Ind.Whitko H.S.
33Patrick HopkinsSRF6-7230Kokomo, Ind.Kokomo H.S.
34George Jones IVSRG6-3210South Bend, Ind.South Bend Clay H.S.
42Zach AringtonSRF6-8235Cincinnati, OhioMariemont H.S.
44Jordan WeidnerJRG6-2195Danville, Ind.Danville H.S.
50Aaron MurrayFRC6-9200Louisville, Ky.Louisvile Ballard H.S.
* Redshirt
Greg Tonagel - Head Coach - 8th season
Jeff Clark - Associate Head Coach - 7th season
Ethan Whaley - Assistant Coach - 2nd season
David Dimmich - Assistant Coach - 5th season
Fred Hodson - Assistant Coach - 6th season