Connie Tilley

Head Coach of Women’s Basketball

Connie Tilley will enter her 37th season at the helm of the women’s basketball program at St. Norbert in 2013-14. But it hasn't been just basketball that has made Tilley one of the most successful coaches of women's sports in Division III athletics.

Tilley has previously coached men’s golf, women’s golf, volleyball and softball.

Her career record in all four sports combined is 919-470 for a .661 winning percentage and 20 conference titles. In 56 sports seasons, Tilley has had only five records below .500.

But it's basketball where she’s made the biggest strides. In 2009, Tilley became the 15th coach in Division III history to achieve 500 career wins. Following the 2012-13 season, Tilley has a 589-272 career record and has led St. Norbert to the Midwest Conference playoffs 23 times in 30 seasons in the league. Tilley is Wisconsin's all-time winningest NCAA collegiate women's basketball coach.

During the 2008-09 season, St. Norbert College named the playing court in Schuldes Sports Center as “Connie Tilley Court” in her honor.

The Green Knights won their record 11th Midwest Conference women's basketball championship in 2012, their fourth in five seasons. St. Norbert went 107-22 in that five-year stretch.

Hired by then-athletics director Mel Nicks in 1977, Tilley has coached St. Norbert basketball to 14 conference titles, nine NCAA Tournament appearances and one Final Four. Four of her basketball teams have advanced to the Division III Sweet 16, most recently in 2003.

In addition, she coached the UW-La Crosse women's tennis team while completing graduate work there – the team finished seventh in the nation.