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Connie Tilley

Head Coach of Women’s Basketball

Connie Tilley will enter her 42nd season at the helm of the women’s basketball program at St. Norbert in 2018-19. 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, women's volleyball and softball.

Her career record in all four sports combined is 1,010-495 for a .671 winning percentage and 23 conference titles. In 61 sports seasons, Tilley has had only five records below .500.

But it's basketball where she’s made the biggest strides. Inducted into the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2015, Tilley is currently seventh all-time in Division III women's basketball coaching wins. Following the 2017-18 season, Tilley has a 682-297 career record and has led St. Norbert to the Midwest Conference playoffs 27 times in 35 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 14th Midwest Conference women's basketball championship in 2016, their seventh in nine seasons.

Hired by then-athletics director Mel Nicks in 1977, Tilley has coached St. Norbert basketball to 16 conference titles, 14 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.

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