Bill Fenlon Named Men's Basketball Coach
April 23, 1992
April 23, 1992, Greencastle, Ind. - Bill Fenlon, a head coach at the NCAA Division III or NAIA level each of the last seven seasons, has been named head men's basketball coach at DePauw University."Coming here is an outstanding opportunity," Fenlon said. "I'm really committed to athletics at this type of institution and this place has everything needed for success both on and off the court." Fenlon replaces Royce Waltman who resigned on March 26 to accept the head coaching position at the University of Indianapolis.
A head coach this season at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, Fenlon improved Southwestern from an 8-19 record in 1991 to 19-10 this season. The team also ranked in the top ten, nationally, in scoring defense.
Prior to Southwestern, Fenlon was the head coach at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology for three seasons and directed the Engineers to an NCAA Division III tournament appearance and a first round victory in 1989. He posted a53-26 career record at Rose-Hulman and the Engineers ranked among the top 15 in Division III in scoring defense each year. While at Rose-Hulman he compiled a 2-3 record against DePauw in those three seasons.
Fenlon's collegiate head coaching career began at the University of the South in 1985 where he directed the program for three years and led the Tigers to a first-ever national ranking (20th) in 1988 as well as the most wins at the school in six years.
A 1979 graduate of Northwestern University, Fenlon earned a Bachelor of Science degree in communications with a minor in English. He also earned three letters as a member of the Wildcats basketball Warn. Fenlon was an all-state high school player at Marist High School in Atlanta as well.
"The quality of applicants for this position and of the finalists who were interviewed speaks well of DePauw University," DePauw President Robert G. Bottoms said. "It is important to us to find a coach with successful experience on the court, but also one who can attract young men interested in a quality education and playing intercollegiate athletics."
DePauw basketball teams, which compete at the NCAA Division III level, have averaged over 21 wins per season in the last decade. DePauw has also made appearances in the last three NCAA Division III tournaments and seven of the last nine. In 1984, the Tigers finished third at the national championships and were runners-up in 1990 after losing by one point in the championship game.
"We are very pleased to find someone who can coach and understands the framework of Division III athletics," Athletic Director Ted Katula said.
Fenlon and his wife, Gigi, have two children, Hannah and Quinn.Back