Associate Head Coach | 10th Season
Jeff Clark enters his tenth season on Greg Tonagel’s staff at Indiana Wesleyan in 2015-16.
Since joining the staff in the 2006-07 season, Clark has helped guide the Wildcats to nine of the most successful seasons in school history. Clark has been on the bench for five Elite Eight runs in the NAIA National Tournament as well as the NAIA DII National Championship team in 2014. Since he has been on staff, the Wildcats have posted a 251-64 record and won the only eight Crossroads League Championships in school history.
Clark has been named the Indiana Basketball News top NAIA Assistant four times. He is involved in all phases of Wildcat basketball but focuses on post player development and game preparation, while also serving as the recruiting coordinator. Clark’s specialty is developing post players, and he was instrumental in the development of All-Americans Zach Coverstone, Patrick Hopkins, RJ Mahurin and Lane Mahurin.
Prior to joining the Wildcat coaching staff, Clark had a four-year basketball career at Anderson (Ind.) University where he was a two-year captain and was twice named to the Academic All-Conference team.
Clark graduated magna cum laude from Anderson with a double major in Business Administration and Secondary Education. He completed his Masters of Science in Management in February 2010 from Indiana Wesleyan. Clark and his wife Tiffany reside in Marion with their sons Joshua, Caleb and Luke.
“Having Jeff Clark is like having another head coach on the bench. His strategic game planning has been instrumental in winning conference championships over the years. However, his influence goes beyond X’s and O’s. He is a great coach of people. He knows how to lead young men to become the best they can be on and off the court.” – Greg Tonagel
Assistant Coach / 5th Season
Ethan Whaley enters his fifth season on Greg Tonagel’s staff at Indiana Wesleyan in 2015-16.
Since joining the coaching staff in the 2011-12 season, Whaley has assisted in guiding the Wildcats to four consecutive League Championships along with the 2014 NAIA DII National Championship. Since joining Coach Tonagel’s staff, the Wildcats have posted a 172-39 record. Whaley’s role on staff includes recruiting as well as player development. Whaley played a role in the recruitment and development of All Crossroads League wings Zac VanDeWater and Jacob Johnson.
Whaley also serves as the Strength and Conditioning coach for the Wildcats. He has developed a reputation of motivating and getting the most out of players. Throughout his time as Strength and Conditioning coach, there have been eighteen IWU players reach the Man’s Club.
Whaley also serves as the Camp Director for the Wildcats. The IWU Men’s Basketball Camps have brought in a record number of kids in each of the previous four seasons.
Before joining the coaching staff at IWU, Whaley served as the Director of Operations from 2008-11. Prior to coming to IWU, Whaley was an assistant coach at Yorktown High School. Whaley is a 2011 graduate of IWU with a degree in Physical Education and Health. He completed his Masters of Science in Management in April 2014 from Indiana Wesleyan. He and his wife Heather currently reside in Marion.
“The infectious energy that Ethan Whaley brings to our program daily has elevated the championship mindset within our players. His passion for people first and then excellence is a deadly combination for success.” – Greg Tonagel
Assistant Coach / 3rd Season
Jordan Delks enters his third season on Greg Tonagel’s staff at Indiana Wesleyan in 2015-16.
Since joining the staff in 2014, Delks’ presence has been felt as he has added an element of toughness to the Wildcats. Delks’ primary focus is on individual player development and recruiting. Delks is known as the ‘Toughness Czar’ as he keeps the players accountable in the area of toughness. In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Delks also serves in Employer Relations at Indiana Wesleyan University.
Coach Delks spent the 2012-14 seasons as the top assistant for Joel Cotton at Judson University. At Judson, Delks was responsible for scouting, strength and conditioning, player development and recruiting. During his time at Judson, the Eagles signed 5 Hoosier Basketball Top 100 players from Indiana. In the 2013-14 season Delks served as the recruiting coordinator for the athletic department organizing recruit visits for Judson athletics. Delks graduated with his Masters of Arts in Organizational Leadership in 2014 from Judson University.
Delks spent his playing career at Anderson University and Purdue University North Central. He was a team captain for Purdue North Central for two seasons. At Purdue North Central he was the 2nd Team All-CCAC averaging 12.8 ppg in 2009-10. In the 2009-10 season he also led the CCAC in 3-pointers made and 3-point percentage. In the same season Delks finished 4th in the NAIA in 3-point percentage (45.2%), 12th in the NAIA in 3-pointers made per game (3.069), and 12th in the NAIA in total 3-pointers made (89) on the year.
Delks finished his undergraduate degree at Purdue University where he was a Student Manager for Coach Matt Painter for the 2011-12 season where the Boilermakers nearly upset (#6 ranked) Kansas University in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Delks has worked basketball camps at Purdue University, Duke University and the University of Wisconsin.
Coach Delks is a native of Rossville, IN where his parents Barry and Kim reside along with his brother Wesley. He resides in Marion, IN with his wife Courtney.
“Our players know that they will be pushed and stretched to always play harder when Coach Delks is in the gym!”—Greg Tonagel
Graduate Assistant Coach / 2nd Season
Jay Mercer enters his second year on Greg Tonagel’s staff as a Graduate Assistant Coach.
Mercer’s contributions to the IWU Men’s Basketball team off the court include recruiting, advanced statistics, scouting, and coordinating film exchange. On the court, Coach Mercer focuses on post development.
Jay was a four-year collegiate basketball player. He has coaching experience at the junior college and NCAA Division III levels. Mercer is adapting to the Indiana lifestyle as he was born and raised in the beautiful state of Oregon He is pursuing his graduate studies in Organizational Leadership and currently resides in Marion, IN.
“Jay has a tremendous passion for developing relationships with players. He really understands players and often finds ways to connect and motivate. He helps instill the toughness necessary to compete at the championship level each and every day.” – Greg Tonagel.