Tom Church

Tom Church

Tom Church enters his second season as Head Men's Basketball Coach at Tiffin University in 2019-20.  

In his first year at the helm of the TU men's basketball, Church guided the Dragons to a three-win improvement both overall and in conference action. He introduced a new, faster-paced style of play, increasing Tiffin's points per game average from 70.9 to 84.0. The change in offensive philosophy resulted in the Dragons setting 8 new school Division II records as well as a GMAC record of 142 points in their game against Carlow. Under his guidance, senior Austin Adams was named Second Team All-GMAC. 

Church most recently coached at Indiana University of Kokomo in the 2017-18 season. In his one season with the Cougars, he helped lead them to their first ever postseason appearance and a season-record 17 wins.

Church was also the head coach at St. Joseph College in Rensselaer, Ind., where for the first time since 2011 the Pumas reached the 2017 Great Lakes Valley Conference tournament.  Under Church and his high-powered offense, the Pumas broke numerous records and improved their win total every year both overall and in GLVC play.  The Pumas also enjoyed one of their highest offensive averages in school history at 86.2 ppg during the 2016-2017 season. 

Church had the difficult task of navigating the Pumas during their final season in school history as the college closed operations following the 2017 school year.    

Church went to SJC after spending three seasons as the head assistant coach at Florida Southern College. During his time at Florida Southern from 2010-13, the Moccasins were 70-25 with two Sunshine State Conference Tournament Championships in 2012 and 2013.  The Moccasins made appearances in the NCAA Tournament all three years and hosted and won the South Regional to advance to the Division II Elite Eight.  

Prior to Florida Southern, Church spent three years with SJC (2008-10) as an assistant coach.  The Pumas held a 53-37 record with two NCAA Tournament appearances in 2008 and 2010.  In 2010 the Pumas won the Great Lakes Valley Conference North Division and won three straight games as the eighth seed in the Midwest Regional to advance to the Division II Elite Eight.  

Church attended Ashland University for four years, where he was twice named to the Academic All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Team and was a team captain as a senior in 2003. He started all but one game that year, averaging 8.9 points and 4.3 rebounds, and was second on the team in both three-pointers and three-point shooting percentage.  

He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Education in 2003, and later earned his master's of Education in Administration from Ashland in 2006. Church and his wife Jennifer have two children, Harrison and Evelynn.