Tom Billeter

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Tom Billeter
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Augustana (SD)
Conference NSIC
Biographical details
Born (1961-02-12) February 12, 1961 (age 62)
Byron, Illinois, U.S.
Alma mater Illinois
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1985–1987 Arizona (assistant)
1987–1992 Rice (assistant)
1992–1997 North Dakota State
1997–1998 St. John's (assistant)
1998–2003 Texas A&M (assistant)
2003–present Augustana (SD)
Head coaching record
Accomplishments and honors
NCAA Division II champion (2016)
NSIC regular season champion (2015, 2016, 2022)
NSIC tournament champion (2015, 2016)
NCC regular season champion (1995)
Clarence Gaines Coach of the Year (2013) NABC Division II Coach of the Year (2016)
2x NSIC Coach of the Year (2016, 2022)

Tom Billeter (born February 12, 1961) is an American college basketball coach, currently the head coach at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He previously has been the head coach at North Dakota State University, as well as holding assistant coaching roles at a number of NCAA Division I colleges. He led Augustana to the 2016 NCAA Division II national championship and was named the national coach of the year in that season.


Billeter is from Byron, Illinois and obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. He began his coaching career as a high school coach, then made his entry into college coaching as an assistant to Lute Olson at Arizona. He then moved to Rice under Scott Thompson. He was hired as head coach of then-Division II North Dakota State, where he led the Bison to four consecutive 20-win seasons in his five seasons at the helm (from 1992 to 1997). [1] He left the school, despite his success, to take an assistant coaching job at high profile Division I program St. John's. [2]

After a year at St. John's, then five seasons as an assistant at Texas A&M, Billeter was hired as head coach at Augustana in 2003. [3] After going 42–69 in his first four seasons, he then led the Vikings to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances from 2008 to 2010. Billeter received the Clarence Gaines Coach of the Year award in 2013. [4] In the 2014–15 season, the Vikings went 31–3 but were knocked out of the 2015 NCAA tournament by Northwest Missouri in the second round. [5] The Vikings avenged the loss the following season as they went 34–2 behind national player of the year Dan Jansen and won the school's first national championship. Billeter was named the national Division II coach of the year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) at the conclusion of the season. [6]

On January 26, 2019, Billeter won his 300th game as Augustana Vikings coach. [7]

College coaching record

Statistics overview
North Dakota State (North Central Conference)(1992–1997)
1992–93North Dakota State 12–177–118th
1993–94North Dakota State 21–914–42nd NCAA regional final
1994–95North Dakota State 22–812–6T-1st NCAA second round
1995–96North Dakota State 20–912–6T-2nd NCAA second round
1996–97North Dakota State 22–712–6T-2nd NCAA second round
North Dakota State:97–50 (.660)57–33 (.633)
Augustana (North Central Conference)(2003–2008)
2003–04Augustana 6–212–128th
2004–05Augustana 8–201-117th
2005–06Augustana 12–165–75th
2006–07Augustana 16–123–95th
2007–08Augustana 22–98–42nd NCAA second round
Augustana (Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference)(2008–present)
2008–09Augustana 21–1013-76th NCAA regional final
2009–10Augustana 24–715–53rd NCAA regional final
2010–11Augustana 18–915–73rd
2011–12Augustana 17–1114–8T-4th NCAA first round
2012–13Augustana 22–915–73rd NCAA second round
2013–14Augustana 16–1412–10T-9th
2014–15Augustana 31–320–2T-1st NCAA second round
2015–16Augustana 34–221–11st NCAA champions
2016–17Augustana 24–916–64th NCAA second round
2017–18Augustana 16-1410-12T-6th
2018–19Augustana 18-1114-8T-3rd
2019–20Augustana 19-1113-9T-6th
2020–21Augustana 9-77-67th
2021–22Augustana 23-217-21st NCAA regional final
Augustana:356-197 (.635)221–133 (.624)
Total:453–247 (.640)

      National champion        Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion        Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion      Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

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