2014, 2016 and 2018 NAIA DII National Champions
2014, 2016 and 2018 NABC/NAIA DII National Coach of the Year
6-time Crossroads League Coach of the Year
330-91 (.784) career record makes him the all time winningest coach at IWU
157-47 (.769) Conference record
8 Regular Season Conference Championships in the past twelve seasons
9 NAIA Quarterfinal appearances in the last eleven seasons--more than any school in the country
Has led Wildcats to top-6 NAIA ranking in each of the last twelve years
Has coached 17 NAIA All Americans and 29 All Conference players in his 13 seasons
Played in four NCAA Tournaments while at Valparaiso University
Has four children with his wife Amy (Jace, Will, Allie and Riley)
A typical Wildcat player is...
A player who has a fearless commitment to excel in the pursuit of unselfish goals.
IAm3 is to pursue the life of Jesus —he lived in radical obedience to God and selfless love towards other people. This becomes the pattern our lives are to follow for true success and fulfillment.
In life and athletics, fear will try and paralyze you. You must learn to let go of security or control. In those big moments you must choose between safety and courage. The bottom line is this: 'greatness favors the fearless.'
What makes a team great?
The self focus of our age works against greatness in team sports. It also works against greatness in one’s personal life. The aim of our program is to flip that focus by redirecting young men to make God the primary pursuit of one’s life while also investing into the destinies of others. When a man makes this critical change and begins to realize the potential within himself, but that it has to be invested into others to have its power fulfilled and purpose found—that’s when a man becomes great and a team finds greatness. It truly is one of the greatest paychecks in coaching!
What do you hope a player who plays at IWU gains from his experience...
If there is one memory that our players should have of our program it is this: God was first. God was central. There was passion for putting God first in all things on and off the court. And secondly, meeting the needs of others is a fun way to play ball and live life. I hope the formula for success that they take with them to their workplaces and homes becomes, 'if you want to be 1st, first find a way to be 3rd!'
What is your approach to helping players reach their potential on the floor?
It is special to want to be great. My role as a coach is to motivate greatness inside each player. I want them to embrace the adversity in hard work with joy, because this is the path to success. Walking alongside my players encouraging them through this process is what I call coaching.
While our facilities and success speak for themselves, there is something deeper that is happening here. The mission of IWU is legit--there is a shared purpose (from administration to coaches to players to support staff) to change the world for Christ. Joining in this movement while playing for one of the best leaders in the nation in Coach T is an exciting opportunity!
IAm3 is more than a catchy slogan--it's a discipleship process that turns into a way of life. Our goal is to try to position every person affiliated with our program to move beyond knowledge of God and into experience of Him. Whether it is putting a teammate before yourself in the heat of competition or serving a meal to a Dominican child who will not eat another meal during the day, as we experience God through putting Him first and others second, we can't help but be transformed into a person who lives an IAm3 lifestyle.
Being fearless is a manifestation of IAm3 at the deepest level. The Bible tells us that 'perfect love drives out fear.' As we learn to love God and others perfectly, our focus turns away from the circumstances that motivate our fear and onto our belief in something greater than our circumstance. This allows us to play and live in freedom.
What do you hope a player who plays at IWU gains from his experience?
What we pray separates the experience of an IWU athlete is that they become experts in helping a team thrive by making those around them better. While we don't minimize the importance of acquiring more knowledge and information, we do not think the problems in this world are going to be solved merely through knowing more. We believe the biggest problems will be solved by groups of people who understand how to sacrifice personal glory and use their gifts and abilities together for a greater purpose than themselves. Our program is designed to train our players in this. If our athletes can go into their families, communities, churches, and professions with the understanding they will only achieve great things through the service of others, we will have succeeded at our jobs.
Second season on IWU Coaching Staff
Spent two prior seasons as boys varsity head coach in Illinois
Graduated from General Electric’s Financial Management Program
Director with PGC Basketball
Played one season at Clarks Summit University
Student manager for two season for Indiana University Men's Basketball program
Lives with his wife (Amber), daughter (Landyn) and son (Decker) in Marion
As I was considering making a move to college basketball, I put together a wish list of three things I was looking for in a program. I wanted to find a place where I could serve. I wanted to find a place where I could learn and grow. And I wanted to find a program and community I could call my family. I learned really quickly that all three of those prayers were answered here at IWU. My passion is to disciple young people through the game of basketball and I’m not sure there is a better place in the country for me and my family to be.
Luke 19:10 tells us that Christ came to “seek and to save the lost”. He died so that we may live. For this reason, we choose to put God first, others second, and ourselves third. IAm3 is about getting outside of yourself so you are able to see how you can lead. Christ was a servant leader. For this reason, in order to be the best leader you can be you must first serve others.
Fearless is freedom. Fear is limiting and can be exhausting. We are often told that to find freedom, we should be able to do whatever we want and make our own rules, be whoever you want to be. We have found that the opposite is actually true. Fearless is freedom within structure. When we live an IAm3 life, putting God first and serving others and we live within the guidelines of his Word then we can be fearless. The same is true on the basketball court. When the players in the program care more about their teammates, the success of their teammates, and the overall success and elevation of the team for a greater good and they play within the guidelines given then they can live and play fearless.
What do you hope a player who play at IWU gains from his experience?
It is my desire that players who leave this program have grown. They can look back after their time in the program and see how the Lord has worked and moved in their life and how God has been glorified through hoops. It’s my desire that their time at IWU is transformational. It transforms their habits and what they hunger for. So when they start their career and their family and find themselves in a place far from Marion they can live out IAm3 and be fearless as they impact others the same way they were impacted and changed during their time in the program!
IWU is a special place because it is not just about a degree or wins/losses on the court. It is a Christ centered program that puts more value on spiritual growth and discipleship than any win or loss of the season. There is daily, intentional investment from the coaches, professors, trainers, and faculty that set this University apart from the rest. I am so excited to be back in this environment!
Iam3 was transformational in my life because it put action to Scripture. God first, others second, myself third was completely countercultural to the world I was living in. Through this lifestyle change, I was able to realize my platform for worship was through the game of basketball. My platform went from a good ball player to a kid who learned how to worship God through the game of basketball. It changed my life!
Fearless is the ability to live a life knowing no matter the outcome, your identity is found in something greater than yourself. A lot of times we are more hesitant to make decisions or take actions when our name or reputation is on the line. When we can realize everything we have is from the Lord and can place our identity in Him, it gives us the ability to live a fearless life.
What do you hope a player who plays at IWU gains from his experience?
I hope a player that plays at IWU experiences the importance of having a community of believers that push each other to be better in their spiritual journey. The beauty of this program is the tight-knit brotherhood. I have incredible memories of wins and losses all over the world, but the most memorable moments of this program come from off the court experiences where the group as a whole grows closer together and goes to a deeper level spiritually.