Olivet Nazarene University


Athletic Program Web Site:
http://www.onutigers.com/
Main School Web Site:
http://www.olivet.edu/
School Colors: Purple and Gold
SID Name: Nick Birkey

Conference:
Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference
Main Rivals:
  • Robert Morris University
  • Saint Xavier University
  • University of St. Francis (Ill)

Undergraduate On Campus Enrollment: 2793
Last National Tournament Appearance: 2011

Local Radio Broadcasts (Call Letters and Fequency):
Local Newspaper: Daily-Journal (Kankakee)
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Last Year's
Conference Record:
16 - 3
Returning Starters: 4
Primary Offensive Strategy: Continuity, use of spacing and inside/out approach
Key Returners:
Aaron Larson, SR, 6-7, G/F, NAIA Third Team All-American, CCAC First Team All-Conference, 18.7 ppg, 7.8 rpg, shot 54.9% from field, 41.7% from 3-pt line, led team in minutes and free-throws made and attempted, 8 double-doubles; Zach Wagner, SR, 6-5, F/C, CCAC All-Conference HM, CCAC All-Academic Team, averaged 11. ppg, 5.4 rpg, shot 58.2% from field; Reid Farchmin, SR, 6-4, G, NAIA-Daktronics Scholar-Athlete, CCAC All-Academic, averaged 7.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg, and 71% from FT line; Alex Thorson, SR, 6-0, PG, CCAC All-Academic, averaged 5.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg, led team with 107 assists in only 11 starts
Last Year's
Overall Record:
25 - 9
Returning Lettermen: 10
Primary Defensive Strategy: man to man primary, pressure ball and keep ball out of lane/sprinkle zone
Top 5 Recruits:
Christian Dunning, FR, 6-4, G, Frankfort Community HS, West Frankfort, Ill.; Josh Berquist, FR, 6-1, G, Crown Point HS, Crown Point, Ind.; Alex Clark, FR, 5-11, G, Peoria Christian HS, Dunlap, Ill.; Jake Tuttle, FR, 6-5, F, Hampshire HS, Hampshire, Ill.
Key Losses:
Austin Davis, SR, 5-11, G, CCAC Second Team All-Conference, made 102 3-Pt FG, finished career 2nd all-time; Matt Ryan, SR, 6-7, F, averaged 5.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg and played in all 34 games; Hunter Jacobs, SR, 6-5, F, averaged 3.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg and played in all 34 games
Additional Information:
The 2015-16 Tigers return from a year where they finished ranked 21st in the NAIA. They won 25 games (most since 2001-02 season), en route to CCAC regular season and tournament titles and a NAIA Division II National Tournament bid. Senior Aaron Larson (NAIA 3rd team All-American) will be a front runner for CCAC POY and leads a group of seven seniors with a wealth of experience. This years Tigers accounted for 70.3 percent of last season's points, 68.1 percent of points, 76.7 percent of rebounds, and 66.1 percent of FG attempted. Head Coach Ralph Hodge enters the season with 730 wins, and could possibly hit the 750 win mark in his 37th season. He is the third active winningest coach in NAIA Division II and a member of the NAIA Hall of Fame.
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Head Coach: Ralph Hodge

Alma Mater:

Olivet Nazarene University

Years at Current School:

36

Wins at School:

Losses at School:

730 492

Career Wins:

Career Losses:

730 492
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Assistant Coach:
Nick Birkey
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Graduate Assistant Coach:
Antonio Marshall
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McHie Arena

Gym/Arena Address

One University Ave., Bourbonnais, Illinois 60914

Gym/Arena Capacity:

2,500
Stats No. Last Name First Name Pos Yr Height Weight Hometown
14 Barwegen Abe G SR 6-1 197 Otsego, Mich.
12 Bennington Dakota G FR 6-3 172 Peoria, Ill.
05 Blan Josiah F SO 6-7 183 Minooka, Ill.
52 Carl Ryan F SR 6-6 205 Galesburg, Ill.
42 Crater Tyler G SR 6-3 191 Hampshire, Ill.
25 Dunning Christian G SO 6-4 201 West Frankfort, Ill.
22 Green Chris G JR 6-0 186 Bonfield, Ill.
24 Pruim Zack G SO 6-2 169 Lansing, Ill.
32 Reed Nic F FR 6-5 204 New Albany, Ind.
04 Schlafley Dane G FR 6-1 157 Peoria, Ill.
10 Swindle Troy G SR 6-2 170 Lindenhurst, Ill.
13 Tate Sherrarr G SR 5-11 170 Chillicothe, Ill.
30 Thornton Sterling G FR 6-0 174 Sterling, Ill.
23 Tuttle Luke F FR 6-5 160 Hampshire, Ill.
34 Tuxhorn Zach F SO 6-3 191 Naperville, Ill.
Date Opponent Location Score Result Record
10/29/2016 1:00:00 PM Goshen (Ind.) Home 96 - 78 Win 1-0
11/4/2016 6:00:00 PM Indiana Wesleyan Away 71 - 99 Loss 1-1
11/5/2016 1:00:00 PM Marian (Ind.) Neutral 74 - 81 Loss 1-2
11/12/2016 1:00:00 PM Indiana Tech Away 72 - 91 Loss 1-3
11/16/2016 7:30:00 PM Trinity Christian (Ill.) Away 87 - 92 Loss 1-4
11/19/2016 2:00:00 AM Judson (Ill.) Away 66 - 73 Loss 1-5
11/22/2016 2:00:00 AM Purdue Northwest (Ind.) Away 84 - 87 Loss 1-6
11/30/2016 2:00:00 AM Calumet (Ind.) Home 97 - 88 Win 2-6
12/3/2016 2:00:00 AM St. Ambrose (Iowa) Home 90 - 96 Loss 2-7
12/10/2016 1:00:00 PM University of Indianapoli Away 62 - 85 Loss 2-8
12/13/2016 2:00:00 AM Robert Morris (Ill.) Home 100 - 106 Loss 2-9
12/17/2016 5:00:00 PM Arizona Christian Away 81 - 87 Loss 2-10
12/19/2016 12:00:00 PM Great Falls (Mont.) Away 82 - 77 Win 3-10
12/20/2016 9:00:00 AM William Jessup (Calif.) Home 69 - 81 Loss 3-11
1/3/2017 2:00:00 AM Governors State (Ill.) Away 103 - 87 Win 4-11
1/5/2017 7:30:00 PM IU South Bend (Ind.) Away 101 - 92 Win 5-11
1/7/2017 3:00:00 PM Roosevelt (Ill.) Away 50 - 82 Loss 5-12
1/11/2017 7:30:00 PM St. Francis (Ill.) Home
1/12/2017 2:00:00 AM St. Francis (Ill.) Home 72 - 88 Loss 5-13
1/14/2017 2:00:00 AM Trinity International (Ill.) Home 77 - 94 Loss 5-14
1/18/2017 2:00:00 AM Holy Cross (Ind.) Away 90 - 86 Win 6-14
1/21/2017 3:00:00 PM Saint Xavier (Ill.) Away 83 - 79 Win 7-14
1/25/2017 7:30:00 PM Trinity Christian (Ill.) Home 94 - 83 Win 8-14
1/28/2017 3:00:00 PM Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) Home 99 - 81 Win 9-14
2/1/2017 2:00:00 AM Purdue Northwest (Ind.) Home 107 - 72 Win 10-14
2/4/2017 2:00:00 AM Calumet (Ind.) Away 51 - 74 Loss 10-15
2/8/2017 2:00:00 AM Governors State (Ill.) Home 93 - 79 Win 11-15
2/11/2017 3:00:00 PM IU South Bend (Ind.) Home 99 - 71 Win 12-15
2/15/2017 2:00:00 AM St. Francis (Ill.) Away 94 - 85 Win 13-15
2/18/2017 2:00:00 AM Holy Cross (Ind.) Home 88 - 79 Win 14-15
2/21/2017 7:00:00 PM Saint Xavier (Ill.) Home 91 - 77 Win 15-15
2/24/2017 2:00:00 AM Robert Morris (Ill.) Away 91 - 99 Loss 15-16