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Chad Tapp begins his third year as the head coach of Indiana University South Bend. Tapp, who has eight years of coaching experience at the collegiate level, spent six years prior to coming to South Bend as an assistant coach at Taylor University under NAIA Hall of Fame and college basketball legend Paul Patterson.
In his second season at the helm of the IU South Bend program, the Titans would complete an impressive two year turnaround. Before Tapp arrived at South Bend the Titans would manage to win just eight games and in only Tapp's second season a young Titan squad would double that win total, posting a mark of 16-15. The winning season marked the fourth in school history and stands as the second most single season wins ever at IU South Bend. Despite injuries that depleted the front court, IU South Bend would remain in the conference race, pulling off home victories against traditional powers Olivet Nazarene University and St. Xavier University.
In his first year with IU South Bend, Tapp returned just one player from the previous years squad. That team, consisting of just four scholarship players, was able to complete an impressive turnaround. He led the Titans to a 11-20 overall record, 3 more wins than the previous season, and several significant wins. On December 7th the Titans would knock off rival Bethel College Pilots for only the fifth time in school history, prompting the South Bend Tribune to label the victory a "Turning Point for IU South Bend". They would follow up that historic win with an even bigger win by knocking off the 19th ranked team in the nation, Davenport University. In January the Titans would snap St. Xavier's undefeated home winning streak by defeating the Cougars at St. Xavier for the first time in eleven years.
In Tapp's two years as head coach of the Titans, IU South Bend has become known as a hard nosed defensive team and an unselfish and disciplined offensive unit. The 2010-11 team finished third in the nation in points allowed, yielding a stingy 59.5 points per game. This was an improvement from the previous year's squad that finished the season giving up 74.5 points per game. The Titans would also finish the year number seventeen in the nation in defensive rebounding and sixteenth in turnover margin, both significant improvements from the previous year. The 2011-12 team would be no different finishing number seven in the country in points allowed at 62.7, number fourteen in free throw percentage, and number 21 in turnover margin.
Prior to his arrival at IU South Bend, Tapp was the top assistant coach at Taylor University from 2004-2010. During his initial year at Taylor the Trojans would capture a share of the Mid Central Conference regular season and win the conference tournament, finishing the season with a trip to the NAIA national tournament and a top ten national ranking. The following year the Trojans would capture another Mid Central Conference championship and top ten national ranking on their way to an appearance in the Sweet 16 of the NAIA national tournament. During his time at Taylor the Trojans would make three trips to the national tournament and would spend time consistently ranked in the NAIA Top 25.
Tapp would develop his defensive minded philosophy, physical style of play, and emphasis on team under the tutelage of Paul Patterson of Taylor University. During Tapp's time as an assistant under the NAIA Hall of Famer and winner of over 700 games, the Trojans would only have one season where they didn't rank first or second in the nation in points per game allowed, finishing seventh in the nation in 2006-07.
Tapp's collegiate career began at Tennessee Wesleyan College in Athens, Tennessee where he was a part time starter for coach Steve Adams. After one season he transferred to Shawnee Community College in Ullin, Illinois where he was named All-Region nominee, selected to the Illinois North vs. South Junior College All-Star game, as well as the Illinois vs. Missouri Junior College All-Star game. From there Tapp would move on to Taylor University where he was a member of a Mid Central Conference tournament champion, NAIA national tournament participant, and a squad with a national ranking as high as number two in the country.
Originally from Madisonville, Kentucky, Tapp prepped at Hopkins County Central High School where he was a member of the school's first and only Sweet Sixteen Tournament team and helped lead HCCHS to the most wins in school history.
Tapp earned his bachelor's degree from Taylor University in 2005 and his masters degree from California University Pennsylvania in 2008.
Chad and his wife, Lindsey, have one daughter, Harper, and reside in South Bend, Indiana.
Coach Tapp Coaching Resume:
2010-11: 11-20 (3-7 CCAC)
2011-12: 16-15 (5-5 CCAC)
Overall Record: 27-35 (8-12 CCAC)
|4||Alanzo Bass||JR||G||6-0||Indianapolis, IN|
|10||Satori Stahl||FR||G||6-0||Elkhart, IN|
|12||Chris Beam||SO||G||6-1||Borden, IN|
|14||Shane Cook||SO||G||6-0||Elkhart, IN|
|20||Mark White*||FR||G||5-9||Muncie, IN|
|22||Marcus Macellari||SO||F||6-7||Granger, IN|
|24||Henry Smith||SR||F||6-5||Auburn Hills, MI|
|32||Steven Heatherly||JR||G||6-3||Mishawaka, IN|
|34||Kyle Heatherly||JR||G||6-3||Mishawaka, IN|
|52||Kaden Krull||JR||C||6-9||Claypool, IN|