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Tom O'Malley
Head Coach - 17th Season
Alma Mater: Loras College (Iowa)
Phone: 773-298-3104

Entering his 17th year at the helm of the Saint Xavier University men's basketball team, Tom O'Malley has put together some impressive seasons.  During the 2012-13 season, SXU posted a 29-6 overall record and qualified for the NAIA National Championships for the 11th time in the program's history.  The Cougars qualified for the second round of the NAIA National Championships and finished the year ranked No. 7 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 over 47 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 364-147 (.712) should eliminate any remaining doubts.  From 1997-2008, O'Malley achieved 11 consecutive 20-win seasons.  O'Malley has averaged just over 24 wins a season over his 15-year collegiate coaching career.

In addition to his impressive career record, O'Malley's Cougars have captured or shared the CCAC crown four of the last 15 seasons.  His overall CCAC record is an impressive 124-49 (.717).

O'Malley's teams have also made a habit of gaining bids to the NAIA National Tournament.  The Cougars have earned a bid nine of the last 15 years, including the 2009-10 season when SXU fell to eventual national champion Oklahoma Baptist University (Okla.) in first-round action. 

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 838 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 48 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

Years School      
- Leo High School
Reavis High School
Evergreen Park High School
32 474-326 .593
1997-2013 Saint Xavier University 16 393-153 .720
TOTALS 48 867-479 .644

 

 
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Tony Bates
Associate Head Coach - 14th Season
Alma Mater: Trinity Christian College (Ill.)

Bates is entering his 14th year as associate head men's basketball coach at Saint Xavier.  He previously worked as an athletics director and coach at Tabernacle Christian Academy for 15 years.  His teams posted a 385-93 record during his tenure and captured five straight prep conference championships as well as a regional and sectional title during the 1995-96 season.

Bates received his bachelor of science degree in business administration and marketing from Trinity Christian College (Ill.) in 1988.  In 2013, he earned a master's degree in athletics administration from Northcentral University (Ariz.).  Bates also played basketball at Trinity Christian and was the nation's fifth leading scorer during his sophomore year.

He currently lives in Richton Park, Ill., with his son, Nicholas.
 

 
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Rick Romeli
Assistant Coach - 9th Season
Alma Mater: Saint Xavier University

Romeli is in his ninth year with the Cougar coaching staff after spending his first season as the recruiting coordinator.  He wrapped up a successful four-year playing career at Saint Xavier following the 2004-05 season when the team went 30-7 overall and finished in the NAIA Elite Eight, SXU's highest postseason finish to date.

The former All-CCAC First Team guard received a business/accounting degree from Saint Xavier University in May 2006.  Romeli is currently working on his master's of business administration (MBA) at SXU with a concentration on financial fraud.  He also works as an accounting analyst for Northern Trust Bank in Chicago.  Romeli resides in Orland Park, Ill.
 

 
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DeVon Chandler
Student Assistant - 3rd Season

Chandler began working with the SXU men's basketball program as a student assistant coach during the 2011-12 season.  He enjoyed a successful playing career at Saint Xavier University from 2007-11 and earned All-Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Second Team recognition during his senior season. 

Chandler resides in Oak Lawn, Ill., and will complete his degree in criminal justice in December 2012.  He plans to pursue a masters of business administration (MBA) in financial fraud starting in January 2013. 

For tape exchange information, call or e-mail Chandler at chandler.d14@mymail.sxu.edu or (708) 527-6336.