Since taking over the Saint Xavier University men's basketball team in 1997, Tom O'Malley has put together some impressive seasons. During the 2015-16 season, SXU won the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) North Division with a 15-5 league mark and qualified for the NAIA National Championships for the 13rd time in the program's history. In 2013-14, 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 over 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 462-182 (.717) should eliminate any remaining doubts. From 1997-2008, O'Malley achieved 11 consecutive 20-win seasons. O'Malley has averaged 24.2 wins a season over his 19-year collegiate coaching career.
In addition to his impressive career record, O'Malley's Cougars have captured or shared the CCAC crown five different times during his 19-year career. His teams also won CCAC Tournament titles in 2001, 2003 and 2014. His overall CCAC record is an impressive 190-65 (.745).
O'Malley's teams have also made a habit of gaining bids to the NAIA National Tournament. The Cougars have earned a bid 12 of the last 19 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 29 times in his coaching career. His overall win total now stands at 936 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