Greg Tonagel is the head men’s basketball coach at Indiana Wesleyan University. Tonagel and the Wildcats have won three NAIA Division II National Championships in a five year spans with titles in 2014, 2016, and 2018. Since Tonagel took over the program in 2005, he has become the winningest coach in program history both in total wins and winning percentage. Prior to coming to IWU, Tonagel served as Director of Basketball Operations at Valparaiso University, where he also played for legendary Homer Drew and appeared in four NCAA Tournaments as the starting point guard. He also led his LaPorte High School team to the last single class state finals in 1997. Much of the unprecedented success of the Wildcats can be attributed to the culture Tonagel built at IWU. The IWU culture is built around two Biblically transforming principles; I am Third and Fearless. This has helped the influence of IWU basketball to extend far beyond the court. Tonagel and his staff have been committed to using basketball as a platform for discipleship.
- What any coach can do to create a better culture
- Why IWU is so good year in and year out
- How he convinces great players (including DI transfers from IU and Kansas) to come to IWU
- … and so much more!!!
Resources, Books, and Links
Indiana Wesleyan Official MBB Site: http://www.iwuwildcats.com/sport/0/6
IWUHoops Website: IWUHoops.net
IWUHoops Twitter: @iwuhoops
IWUHoops Instagram: @iwuhoops
IWUHoops Youtube: Youtube.com/user/IWUHoops
ESPN 3 Youtube: Youtube.com/channel/UCpSyjN10cnc7fKAclBEqsBw
Past “Success is a Choice” podcast episodes of interest . . .
- Chris Oliver (College Basketball Coach & Founder of Basktetballimmersion.com) – Episode 104
- Lorenzo Brown (NBA Player and 2018 NBA G-League MVP) – Episode 096
- Dan Wood (NCCAA Executive Director) – Episode 065
- Travis Daugherty (Author of “The Lens” and Indiana H.S. Basketball Coach) – Episode 063
- Todd Gongwer (Best – Selling Author of “LEAD… for God’s Sake”) – Episode 062
- R- Jay Barsh (Southeastern University Men’s Basketball Coach) – Episode 046
- Jason Romano (Sports Spectrum Radio) – Episode 045
- Larry DeSimpelare (Crossroads League Commissioner) – Episode 016
- Pat Williams (Orlando Magic Co-Founder & Sr. VP) – Episode 004
- Dwane Casey (2018 NBA Coach of the Year) – Episode 001
Greg Tonagel in Action
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