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Tom O'Malley
Head Coach: 14th Season
Alma Mater:
Phone: 773-298-3104

Entering his 14th year at the helm of the Saint Xavier University men's basketball team, Tom O'Malley has put together some impressive seasons. During the 2009-10 season, SXU posted a 23-10 overall record and qualified for the NAIA National Championships for the 10th time in the program's history by winning the 2010 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Tournament. 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 Elite Eight appearance at the 2005 NAIA National Championships. In 2010, O'Malley was named the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association's (IBCA) NAIA Division I Co-Coach of the Year.

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 322-125 (.720) should eliminate any remaining doubts. From 1997-2008, O'Malley achieved 11 consecutive 20-win seasons. O'Malley has averaged nearly 25 wins a season over his 13-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 13 seasons. His overall CCAC record is an impressive 114-39 (.745).

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 12 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 24 times in his coaching career. His overall win total now stands at 796 wins, which includes his previous coaching stints at Leo, Reavis and Evergreen Park high schools.

O'Malley is a member of the 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 also 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) earning a degree in economics in 1963. He received his master's degree in education and administration from Loyola University (Ill.) and compiled over 60 hours of post-graduate work.

O'Malley has been married for 45 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
1997-2010 Saint Xavier University 13 322-125 .720
TOTALS 45 796-451 .638
 
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Tony Bates
Assistant Coach: 11th Season
Alma Mater:

Bates is entering his 11th year as an assistant 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. He 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: 6th Season
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Romeli is in his sixth 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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Jabari Saunders
Assistant Coach: 1st Season
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Saunders begins his first year with the Saint Xavier University men's basketball program. The two-time NAIA Second Team All-American (2005 & 2006) had a sensational playing career for the Cougars from 2002-06 and led the entire nation in field goal percentage during his junior year with a 72.7 clip (200 for 275). After graduating from SXU in 2006, Saunders played professional basketball for FIBA (International Basketball Federation) in Europe until August 2009.

Saunders received his degree in liberal studies from Saint Xavier. In addition to his coaching duties, he also teaches at Troy Middle School in Shorewood, Ill. Saunders currently resides in Plainfield, Ill.