Entering his 18th year at the helm of the Saint Xavier University men's basketball team, Tom O'Malley has put together some impressive seasons. During the 2013-14 season, SXU posted a 30-5 overall record and qualified for the NAIA National Championships for the 12th time in the program's history. The Cougars qualified for the second round of the NAIA National Championships and finished the year ranked No. 6 nationally. SXU finished second in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) behind only 2013 national champion Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.). The 2004-05 season may arguably have been the best ever as the Cougars finished an impressive 30-7 overall, had a 10-2 mark in the CCAC and an appearance in the quarterfinals of the 2005 NAIA National Championships.
In 2011, O'Malley was inducted into the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame for his impressive basketball coaching career that spans nearly 50 years. Being recognized by his peers for a job well done should be proof enough that O'Malley knows a thing or two about coaching men's basketball. However, his career record at Saint Xavier of 423-158 (.728) should eliminate any remaining doubts. From 1997-2008, O'Malley achieved 11 consecutive 20-win seasons. O'Malley has averaged 25 wins a season over his 17-year collegiate coaching career.
In addition to his impressive career record, O'Malley's Cougars have captured or shared the CCAC crown four different times during his 17-year career. His overall CCAC record is an impressive 162-54 (.750).
O'Malley's teams have also made a habit of gaining bids to the NAIA National Tournament. The Cougars have earned a bid 11 of the last 17 years, including back-to-back appearances in the second round (final 16 teams) in both 2012-13 and 2013-14.
O'Malley has an impressive résume when it comes to coaching basketball. He has been named Coach of the Year 25 times in his coaching career. His overall win total now stands at 897 wins, which includes his previous coaching stints at Leo, Reavis and Evergreen Park high schools.
O'Malley is also a member of the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame, CCAC Hall of Fame, Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Hall of Fame, the Leo High School Hall of Fame, the Chicago Catholic League Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Chicago 16-inch Softball Hall of Fame in 2006. He has been a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches for over 30 years.
He graduated from Leo High School and attended Loras College (Iowa) where he earned a degree in economics in 1963. He received his master's degree in education and administration from Loyola (Ill.) and compiled over 60 hours of post-graduate work.
O'Malley has been married for over 50 years to his wife, Carol, and has three grown children, Tom, Mike and Carrie. He also has 13 grandchildren: Courtney, Molly, Shea, Ryan, Tara, Brennan, Anne Catherine, Megan Eileen, Matthew, Nolan, Aidan, Brendan and Daniel.
Career Coaching Record
||Leo High School
Reavis High School
Evergreen Park High School
||Saint Xavier University