Friday, April 01, 2005
Greg Tonagel, Valpo's director of basketball operations, was named head men's basketball coach at Indiana Wesleyan University. A former point guard at Valpo from 1998-04, Tonagel was part of six Mid-Continent Conference Championships.
As director of basketball operations during the 2004-05 season, Tonagel has been responsible for film exchange and assisting in on-campus recruiting, team academics, team travel, summer camps and coaching clinics.
As a sixth-year senior in 2003-04, he played the last 14 games, helping Valpo to its 8th Mid-Continent Conference Tournament title and 7th NCAA Tournament appearance.
In 1998-99, Tonagel's freshman season, he earned a starting position and helped Valpo win both the Mid-Con regular season and tournament championships for the fifth straight year. An outstanding free throw shooter, Tonagel set Mid-Con and Valpo records with 41 straight made free throws as a freshman. In recognition of his success in 1998-99, he was accorded honorable mention status on the All-American Farm Team by Successful Farming magazine.
Tonagel ranks just outside Valpo's all-time top 10 in assists and steals. He made 90 percent (117 of 130) of his charity tosses in his career.
A native of LaPorte, Indiana and graduate of LaPorte High School, Tonagel was selected to the Indiana All-Star Team following his senior year in 1997-98. He set LaPorte records for assists, steals and games played and helped LaPorte to the Indiana Final Four during his junior season.
A 2003 graduate of Valparaiso University, Tonagel earned a bachelor's degree in biology and secondary education. He is currently pursuing a master's degree in education.