On the Court

Twice named a Division III National Coach of the Year – in 2013 by Basketball Times, and in 2016 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ and by D3 News – Tauer also has received four West Region and four MIAC Coach of the Year Awards (2013,2015,2016,2019). Among Division III men’s coaches, he was the second fastest in history to 100 victories and is believed to have won more games in his first five seasons than any coach in Division III history.

Tauer’s teams have a 185-47 overall mark (80-percent win clip) through 8 years, a winning percentage among the top 10 out of 1,000+ NCAA coaches. He’s the first MIAC coach to sweep conference and playoff championships in each of his first two seasons as head coach. He’s also the lone conference individual – and one of a small number of coaches nationally – to have played in, been an assistant coach, and been a head coach in the Division III Final Four. In addition, he is the first MIAC coach to win regular-season titles in each of his first six seasons. During Tauer’s 23 years playing and coaching at St. Thomas, UST has an overall MIAC record of 383-77 (83%), with 18 MIAC titles and 17 NCAA appearances. Over the past 14 years, St. Thomas won an unprecedented 13 MIAC titles, made 13 NCAA appearances, made 5 Sweet 16 appearances, and has an overall record of 334-58 (85%) and an MIAC record of 241-39 (86%). Over the past 11 years, St. Thomas has one of the highest winning percentages in all of NCAA Men’s Basketball across Divisions I, II, and III, with a 254-43 (86%) record, including a 189-31 (86%) MIAC record. St. Thomas is consistently among the nation’s leaders in FG%, 3-point FG%, and assist-turnover ratio. In 2008-09, UST was ranked #1 in the country in NCAA D-III and led the country in assist to turnover ratio.

In 2011, UST defeated four consecutive opponents ranked in the top 7 in the country on the way to the D-3 National Championship. In 2012-13 UST was ranked #1 in the country, advanced to the Final Four, and led the nation (400+ teams) in FG%, wins, and winning percentage, and was 2nd in the nation in assist-turnover ratio and 3-pt FG%. In 2016, UST defeated the #1, #2, and #4 teams consecutively on its way to the championship. In 2019, UST led the nation in fewest turnovers and was 2nd nationally in assist-turnover ratio, advancing to the Sweet 16 after defeating the #1 team in the nation. Tauer was inducted into the University of St. Thomas Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001. As a player, Tauer was an Honorable Mention All-American and GTE Academic All-American. Helped lead St. Thomas to the Final Four in 1993–94 and a school record 27 straight victories in 1994-95. Scored over 1,000 points and previously held record at UST for 3-point field goals. Member of Cretin-Derham Hall State Championship teams in basketball and baseball, and named All-State, All-Metro, and Academic All-State in both sports. This is Tauer’s 25th year of directing his own camps. He has worked with several thousand youth players, many who have gone on to success at the high school and college level.

Off the Court

Tauer earned a PhD in social psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, one of the top graduate programs in the country. Tauer conducts research on sport psychology, motivation, competition, cooperation, and goal-setting that has been published in top academic journals such as the Journal of Educational Psychology, the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and he has published a book on youth sports, motivation, and parents. Tauer is one of the only head basketball coaches in the nation with a Ph.D. in psychology.