Congrats Tom Billeter, Congrats!
Augustana College has always had a proud basketball tradition, but right now I think they have never been prouder.
Not only is the Augustana Men's basketball team ranked #4 in the entire country, their head coach, Tom Billeter, just won his 300th game.
He becomes one of 50 active coaches with 300 wins.
Now the success on the court is a product of the dedication, talent and ability of the young men in the program, but the program wouldn't be what it is without Tom Billeter.
Over the years I have been privileged to work with, interview and be around lots of great coaches and great people in the basketball world, but I can't think of one that is a better person and personality than Coach Billeter.
His 300th win is a tribute to his dedication, his ability and his love for this players, coaches, fans and especially the game.
Eventually, bigger schools will start making offers that Tom probably can't turn down, but its been clear ever since I've been back in Sioux Falls and following the school that he truly loves being here and being a part of Augustana College.
I have always got the sense that he isn't looking to use Augustana College as a stepping stone per say, but to use this opportunity to be a part of something special and hopefully affect as many people positively as possible in the process.
Augustana will have to continue to elevate their game in order to reach the pinnacle and the ultimate goal of a National Championship. However, with the leadership of Tom Billeter, that goal is reachable and hopefully obtainable this season.
Congrats on 300 Tom, we know many more are to come!
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