Fans of the Indiana Wesleyan University men’s basketball team have a new place online to get a behind-the-scenes look at the program.
The team launched iwuhoops.net Sept. 18. Head Coach Greg Tonagel said the website is the result of his desire to give people a better idea of what the program is all about.
“They can find schedules, scores and stats off of [the school] website, but they can’t find the intangibles,” said Tonagel. “They can’t get behind the scenes; they can’t find out what’s really happening within our program.”
Tonagel enlisted Assistant Coach Jeff Clark to design the website. After researching some of the top college athletics websites in the nation, he built the website from scratch through a company called Squarespace.
Coach Tonagel said the website is a supplement to the IWU Athletic Department’s website, iwuwildcats.com.
“For up-to-date program information you go to our school website,” said Tonagel. “If you want to go behind the scenes you come here.”
The new site contains player and coach profiles, pictures, videos, articles and behind-the-scenes access into the culture of the program.
“We’re fortunate that we’ve had people like [WIWU-TV] who have made some cool things for us,” said Clark.
Coach Tonagel said the website acts as a recruiting tool, but also informs anyone from parents to students to boosters about how the IWU men’s basketball program is different from a typical college athletics program.
“This is an alternative way to run an athletics program,” said Tonagel. “Hopefully it’s lives that are being transformed, leaders that are being built and grown and sent out into the world.”
Clark said his favorite part of the site is the “I Am Third” page, which explains the team’s mission of putting God first, others second, and yourself third.
“When they get to the I Am Third page, they’ll see this program is about more than just basketball,” said Clark. “It’s about building men for Christ.”