Meet Coach Tauer

Dr. John Tauer
University of St. Thomas
Head Men’s Basketball Coach
Professor, Department of Psychology
Head coach for the University of St. Thomas men’s basketball team. Professor in the Department of Psychology at St. Thomas.
Member of the University of St. Thomas Athletic Hall of Fame.



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 three West Region

and three MIAC Coach of the Year Awards. 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 first five teams compiled a 128-22 overall mark (85-percent win clip). Tauer is one of

only six current NCAA coaches out of more than 1,000 at any level (5-year minimum) to have a

win percentage higher than 80%, and his win clip is second highest among coaches across all

divisions of NCAA basketball.


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 five seasons.


During Tauer’s 20 years playing and coaching at St. Thomas, UST has an overall MIAC record

of 338-62 (87%), with 16 MIAC titles and 15 NCAA appearances. Over the past 11 years, St.

Thomas has won an unprecedented 11 consecutive MIAC titles, made 11 consecutive NCAA

appearances, has an overall record of 291-45 (87%) and an MIAC record of 196-24 (89%).

Over the past eight years, St. Thomas has the highest winning percentage in all of NCAA Men’s

Basketball across Divisions I, II, and III, with a 211-30 (88%) record, including a 144-16 (90%)

MIAC record.


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 assistturnover

ratio and 3-pt FG%. In 2008-09, UST was ranked #1 in the country in NCAA D-III

and led the country in assist-turnover ratio. St. Thomas is consistently among the nation’s

leaders in FG%, 3-point FG%, and assist-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

2016, UST defeated the #1, #2, and #4 teams consecutively on its way to the championship.



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 23rd 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. 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 goalsetting

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. Tauer is one of the only head basketball coaches in the nation with a Ph.D.

in psychology.

Please call 651-962-5953 or e-mail with questions about basketball camp, to set up a youth clinic, or to contact Dr. Tauer about speaking to your corporation, organization on motivation, goals, team building, basketball, psychology, or youth sports.