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Tom Billeter, Augustana’s all-time winningest men’s basketball coach, led the Vikings to their most successful season in school history in 2015-16. The Vikings won a program record 34 games and secured the first men’s basketball National Championship in school history. Augustana had the highest winning percentage in NCAA Division II in 2015-16 and had the second most wins of all NCAA teams across all three divisions.
Now entering his 14th season at Augustana, Billeter has guided the Vikings to back-to-back 30-plus win seasons. Augustana won 31 games in 2014-15 and was a combined 65-5 over the two seasons.
Billeter owns a career record of 344-193, including 247-143 in 13 seasons at Augustana. He has led Augustana to seven NCAA Tournament appearances, including four trips in the last five seasons.
21847During the successful run that ended with a national championship in 2015-16, Billeter was recognized by multiple outlets as coach of the year. He was voted by the NSIC coaches as the 2015-16 Coach of the Year after winning the NSIC Regular Season and Tournament titles for the second straight season. Augustana set an NSIC single season record with 21 wins in conference play in 2015-16, finishing 21-1.
He was also named the Central Region Coach of the Year by the Conference Commissioners Association and National Association of Basketball Coaches, and was later recognized as the 2015-16 National Coach of the Year by the NABC, Basketball Times and Division II Bulletin. Billeter received the 2016 UPS Division II Coach of the Year award at the AT&T NABC Guardians of the Game Awards Show on April 3, at the Cullen Theater at Wortham Center in Houston, Texas.
Billeter accepted the NABC National Coach of the Year award alongside Augustana’s all-time leading scorer and 2016 NABC National Player of the Year Daniel Jansen. Jansen ended his career as Augustana’s all-time leading scorer as well as the two-time NSIC and Central Region Player of the Year. Jansen became the first player in program history to score 2,000 career points and finished with 2,255. Jansen is the only player in school history to earn All-America honors from the NABC twice in a career. He was named to seven All-America teams in two seasons. Jansen set a new single season scoring record in 2015-16 putting up 721 points in 35 games.
Billeter also tutored Casey Schilling to back-to-back NSIC Defensive Player of the Year honors. He was named All-NSIC First Team for the third straight season in 2015-16 and went on to be named All-America by the NABC, CCA, Basketball Times and D2 Bulletin. Schilling became just the second player in program history to score over 2,000 career points, finishing his career with 2,054. Schilling also finished third all-time at Augustana with 997 career rebounds, becoming one of just three players in school history with over 900 rebounds.
Jansen and Schilling were named two of 13 finalists for the Bevo Francis National Player of the Year Award by Small College Basketball.
At the Elite Eight in Frisco, Texas, Billeter saw a senior step up and take the team on his shoulders. Senior forward Alex Richter emerged as the Most Outstanding Player of the Elite Eight after averaging 24.3 points and 7.6 rebounds while shooting 58 percent from the field and 71 percent from 3-point range. Richter scored 32 points in the quarterfinal win over Tarleton State and led the Vikings with 26 points in the National Championship game. Richter finished his career ranked 13th all-time with 1,465 career points in the Navy and Gold.
Four players earned All-NSIC honors in 2015-16, including first team selections Daniel Jansen, Casey Schilling and Alex Richter. Jordan Spencer, who set the single season assist record in 2015-16 with 244, was named All-NSIC Second Team.
After a record-setting season in 2014-15, Billeter’s squad set the bar even higher in 2015-16. Augustana set single season records for points (3,250), scoring average (90.3), field goals made (1,117), 3-point field goals made (367), free throws made (649), rebounds (1,379) and assists (684).
Billeter led Augustana to a 31-3 record in 2014-15, including 20-2 in NSIC play. The Vikings won the first conference title since 1988-89 and went on to win the first conference tournament championship in program history. Augustana hosted the NCAA Central Region Tournament for the first time in school history in 2014-15, advancing to the semifinals.
Billeter’s players nearly swept all of the individual postseason awards from the NSIC in 2014-15 with three individuals earning player of the year honors. Daniel Jansen, an All-NSIC First Team selection, was named the NSIC’s Player of the Year. Junior Casey Schilling earned NSIC Defensive Player of the Year honors and Jordan Spencer was named the Freshman of the Year in the NSIC. Billeter has had four players earn NSIC Freshman of the Year honors during his career at Augustana, including Cody Schilling (2009), Cameron McCaffrey (2010), Daniel Jansen (2013) and Jordan Spencer (2015). Four players earned All-NSIC honors in 2014-15, including first team selections Daniel Jansen, Casey Schilling and Al Richter. Jordan Spencer earned All-NSIC Second Team honors last season.
Jansen went on to earn Daktronics Central Region Player of the Year honors and was named All-America by the NABC, Daktronics, D2 Bulletin and Basketball Times. Schilling also earned first team all-region honors last season and was named honorable mention All-America by Daktronics and D2 Bulletin.
Augustana had the second-best winning percentage of all teams in NCAA Division II (91.2 percent) in 2014-15 and were one of just 18 teams across all divisions with 30-plus wins.
21843 Billeter has seen four of his players re-write the Augustana men’s basketball record book after Cody Schilling became Augustana’s all-time leading scorer with 1,868 points from 2008-12, McCaffrey set the bar even higher scoring a then second-most points in a single season in 2012-13 (659 points) to surpass Schilling becoming the school’s all-time leading scorer with 1,964 career points from 2009-13. Both of those records have since been broken as Daniel Jansen and Casey Schilling became the first two players in program history to score over 2,000 career points. Jansen is the school's all-time leading scorer with 2,255 points and Casey Schilling ranks second with 2,054.
Coming off a successful season in 2012-13 where Augustana went 22-9, marking the fourth time in six seasons a Billeter-led team produced 20 or more wins, the Vikings finished 16-14 in 2013-14 with two sophomores and four true freshman gaining valuable playing experience. For just the second time since joining the NSIC in 2008-09, Augustana had two First Team All-NSIC selections in the same season with Casey Schilling and Jansen both earning first team laurels last season. Casey Schilling went on to earn Daktronics All-Central Region Second Team honors, marking the sixth straight season Billeter has produced an All-Region caliber player.
Billeter emerged from a field of 15 candidates in 2013 to earn Clarence “Big House” Gaines National Coach of the Year Award following the 2012-13 season. He was also a finalist for the John McLendon Coach of the Year honors that season.
In five seasons as the head coach at North Dakota State University, Billeter compiled a 97-50 record. During his tenure the Bison posted four consecutive 20-win seasons and earned four straight appearances in the NCAA Division II Tournament. In 1994-95 the Bison earned a share of the North Central Conference championship with a 12-6 record. Billeter compiled a 57-33 record against NCC opposition and the Bison were three-time conference runners-up.
Billeter began his coaching career at the University of Arizona, where he worked two seasons (1985-1987) alongside legendary coach Lute Olson. The Wildcats were 23-9 in 1985-86 and won the Pac 10 Conference title. Arizona advanced to the NCAA Tournament both seasons.
During his stint in Arizona, Billeter coached Sean Elliott (NBA), Steve Kerr (NBA), Tom Tolbert (NBA), Jud Buechler (NBA) and Kenny Lofton (MLB). He then moved to Rice, where he served as an assistant coach from 1987 to 1992. The Owls won 20 games in 1991-92, the first 20-win season since 1953-54. Rice narrowly missed being awarded berths in the NCAA and NIT tournaments. While at Rice, Billeter coached the Owls’ star center, Brent Scott (NBA).
Billeter’s 32 years in coaching includes experience outside the United States. In 1996 he coached Team America, a squad composed of NCAA Division I players ages 22-and-younger. His squad participated in the Turgut Atakol Tournament in Istanbul, Turkey.
Following a five-year run at NDSU, Billeter spent the 1997-98 season at St. John’s (N.Y.), where he served under head coach Fran Fraschilla and helped the Red Storm to a 22-10 record. Led by Felipe Lopez (NBA) and Ron Artest (NBA), St. John’s advanced to the NCAA tournament.
Billeter then began a five-year run at Texas A&M under head coach Melvin Watkins. Together they helped the Aggies gain respect in the Big 12 Conference. In 2002-03, the Aggies posted a 14-14 record marking just the second .500 or better season in 14 years. While with the Aggies Billeter had the opportunity to coach prominent players including Bernard King and Antoine Wright (NBA). King is Texas A&M’s career scoring leader and the second all-time leading scorer in the history of the Big 12. Wright was the Big 12 Freshman of the Year in 2002-03.
Billeter earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from the University of Illinois in 1983 and his master’s degree in exercise physiology from Arizona in 1987. Tom and his wife, Paula, are the parents of four children: Mike (Lindsie), Kelsey, Kyle, and Brett.