Notre Dame College’s men’s basketball head coach motivates his players, and himself, to succeed both on and off the court.
Tim Koenig, who has coached in different positions at the college since 2006, said he pushes not only his students but also himself to “work hard instead of looking for breaks,” a quote from his favorite song titled “California 37” by the band Train.
The team’s home opener is
Nov. 22 against Concord University in the Murphy Gymnasium at 7 p.m.
In order for the men’s basketball team to succeed on the court, Koenig said he develops skilled, unselfish players. His coaching philosophy is to “teach not demean or belittle” them.
He encourages them to progress in life and sports and said he is more focused on the process
Off the court every player is paired with a coach in order to help the team become comfortable with each other. In addition, Koenig hosts Sunday dinners at his home in Beachwood to help with team bonding—making the players “great people and good students,” he said.
Koenig also asks his players for constructive criticism.
“I like to think I am a good person and a good coach. I just want to help others,” he said.
His goal, of course, also is to win the MEC conference and go to nationals.
Off the court Koenig played baseball and basketball at Case Western Reserve University as an undergraduate, although he was better at baseball.
During his college career he took a job with his best friend coaching basketball at Cornerstone Christian Academy in order to pay his tuition. Ever since then he said coaching and basketball have been a part of him.
“I like baseball. I love basketball,” he said.
Koenig graduated from Case Western Reserve with a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology and then completed the TEEL program, which allows him to teach biology and chemistry to grades 7 through 12, as a graduate student at Notre Dame.
In his spare time the full-time basketball coach said he enjoys spending time with his family. Koenig and his wife Nicole have a 6-month-old son, Kyle.