Tonja Englund enters her 17th season as head women’s basketball coach in 2016-2017 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
The Blugolds finished off their 2015-2016 season tied for fourth in the WIAC with a 8-6 record, and a 14-13 record overall.
Coming into the 2016-2017 season Englund’s 284 wins ranks fourth most in WIAC history. In 2015-16 Englund became UW-Eau Claire's winningest women's basketball coach. Englund has four WIAC Championships under her belt (2001,2003,2008,2012) as well as five NCAA tournament appearances.
Englund’s 2002-2003 season holds the school’s single season record for number of wins (32-2), earning her WIAC Coach of the Year and NCAA Russell Athletic/WBCA National Coach of Year. The Blugolds took 3rd place in the nation that year.
In her time UW-Eau Claire, Englund has coached 22 All-WIAC first team players, 10 All-Defensive, five WIAC Players of the Year, 16 All-Region, six All-Americans, and five Jostens National Player of Year Finalists. Several of Englund’s players have gone on to pursue coaching careers at the high school, collegiate, and professional levels.
Englund was a highly decorated high school and collegiate player growing up in St. Paul, MN and starring for Hill-Murray High School, the University of Wyoming and the University of St. Thomas. She was a full scholarship player at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, a two year starter, WAC All-Conference and WAC All-tournament as a freshman. In 1991 she led the University of St. Thomas to a National Championship, earning All-Final Four Team Honors. She was All-MIAC, MIAC Co-Player of the Year, D3 Basketball News All-American, and Kodak All-American (HM) 1992. In 2015, she was inducted into the prestigious Hill-Murray Athletic Hall of Fame.
When she wasn’t on the court Englund earned her bachelor’s degree in physical education and coaching and her master’s degree in athletic administration from the University of St. Thomas. Prior to UW-Eau Claire, Englund taught K-12 physical education and was the Roseville Area Varsity Girls Basketball Coach for six years.
Englund is a Senior Lecturer in the Kinesiology department and serves as the coaching minor advisor. She is active in the community, working with programs such as Blugold Buddies, Reading in the Schools, Special Olympics, Boys and Girls Clubs, Feed My People, and volunteering at local youth basketball practices and participating the Stroll in the Park for Epilepsy.
The Blugold Girls Basketball and Leadership Camps, led and directed by Englund, attract over 500 participants each summer as the entire coaching staff and basketball team work together to teach basketball fundamentals and leadership lessons in a unique camp setting.