2014-15 Men's Basketball
Overall Crossroads Streak Home Away Neutral
33-3 (.917) 16-2 (.889) Lost 1 16-2 13-1 4-0
 
Greg Tonagel
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Greg Tonagel
Head Coach
10th Season

Greg Tonagel begins his 10th season at the helm of the Indiana Wesleyan University men’s basketball team in 2014-15.

Tonagel and the Wildcats reached the summit in 2013-14 as the program won its first ever NAIA Division II national championship in Point Lookout, Missouri. Indiana Wesleyan won the 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 points.

Indiana Wesleyan capped the historic championship run with a 78-68 victory over No. 10-ranked Midland (Neb.) in the national championship game. Following the game, Tonagel was named the NABC/NAIA Division II National Coach of the Year.

In his ninth season as a head coach, Tonagel has already led Indiana Wesleyan to a national championship, four Elite Eight finishes, and seven Crossroads League regular season championships, including six straight from 2009-14.

Indiana Wesleyan finished the 2013-14 season 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 eight seasons.

Despite being a head coach for only nine seasons, Tonagel is already the winningest coach in the program’s history. He has the highest winning percentage (.758), most wins (235), most postseason victories (14), most national tournament appearances (7), and most Crossroads League regular season championships (7).

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.

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

2013-14

31-6

15-3

1st

2nd

NAIA National Champions

NAIA DII COY

TOTALS

235-75

113-37

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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 2014-15 Men's Basketball Team
#NameCl.Pos.Ht.Wt.HometownPrevious School
5Michael WinowieckiFRG6-3180Saugatuck, Mich.Saugatuck H.S.
10Jonny MarlinJRG5-11160Greenwood, Ind.Indiana University
12Josiah GodbeySOG6-2185Indianapolis, Ind.Horizon Christian H.S.
13DJ BettingerSRG6-0165Richfield, OhioRevere H.S.
20Tyler GreathouseSRF6-9210Columbus, Ind.Columbus North H.S.
23Lane MahurinSOF6-7210Rockville, Ind.Rockville H.S.
24Aaron MurraySOC6-9200Louisville, Ky.Louisvile Ballard H.S.
30Nathan BubashSOF6-6200Munster, Ind.Munster H.S.
32Zac VandewaterSRG6-5195Warsaw, Ind.Whitko H.S.
33Josh MawhorrJRF6-8240Muncie, Ind.St. Xavier
34Bob PetersSOG6-2180Cuyahoga Falls, OhioCuyahoga Valley Christian Academy
42Ben CarlsonFRF6-6235Palatine, Ill.Fremd H.S.
44Jacob JohnsonFRF6-6205Mooresville, Ind.Moorseville H.S.
Greg Tonagel - Head Coach - 10th season
Jeff Clark - Associate Head Coach - 9th season
Ethan Whaley - Assistant Coach - 4th season
Jay Mercer - Assistant Coach - 1st season
Jordan Delks - Assistant Coach - 1st season
David Dimmich - Assistant Coach - 7th season