Assistant Coach Ethan Whaley

The infectious energy that Ethan Whaley brings to our program daily has elevated the championship mindset within our players. His passion for people first and then excellence is a deadly combination for success.
— Coach Tonagel
Coach Whaley pushed me to excellence in every area of my life. On the court he taught me to lead well through teaching me to give everything I could possibly give on every single play. Off the court he continued to push me to excellence in all aspects of my life. From the classroom, to relationships, I got to see a man practice what he preached every single day. I was blessed to be coached by Coach Whaley.
— Garvin Haughey, Class of 2014


  • In five seasons on the bench has been a part of five Crossroads League Championships and a National Title
  • IWU has an overall record of 139-36 (.794) during his time on the staff 
  • Focuses on player development, recruiting and strength & conditioning
  • Instrumental in the development of 2-time Crossroads League Defensive Player of the Year Zac VanDeWater
  • Graduated from IWU and served as a student manager and director of basketball operations for the program before he joined the coaching staff
  • Lives with his wife Heather in Marion

IAm3 is...

IAm3 is living beyond myself and humbly seeking to serve others in the name of Christ.

Fearless is...

Living fearlessly is to act with courage, knowing that God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a strong mind (2 Timothy 1:7).

How has your life been changed through the program as you have moved from a manager to the director of basketball operations to a graduate assistant to an assistant coach?

I have been blessed to work under some of the greatest leaders in college basketball.  Through their leadership, I have seen what it takes to be committed to excellence on and off the court.  The knowledge and experience I have gained throughout my time at IWU has enriched my coaching career, personal life and spiritual growth.

What do you hope a player who play at IWU gains from his experience?

My prayer is that every player that comes through our program will rise up to be godly leaders, equipped to imitate Christ's humility.


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