Tonja Englund
Tonja Englund
Title: Head Coach
Phone: (715) 836-3489
Season: 15th Year

A Tradition of Excellence Under Englund

  • WIAC Champions - 2001, 2003, 2008, 2012
  • NCAA tournament appearances - 2001, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2012
  • 2002-2003 single season school record for number of wins (32-2), WIAC Coach of the Year, NCAA Russell Athletic/WBCA National Coach of the Year, 16-0 WIAC, WIAC conference tournament champions, 3rd place in the nation, led the nation in attendance averaging 2,103 people per game in four home NCAA tournament games
  • 22 All-WIAC first team players, 10 All-Defensive
  • Five WIAC Players of the Year
  • 14 All-Region and 5 All-Americans
  • Five Jostens National Player of the Year Finalists
  • Coming into 2014-15, Englund’s 254 wins ranks fifth most in WIAC history
  • Has coached the Blugolds to two unbeaten seasons in Zorn Arena
  • Strength of Schedule-#43 Nationally in 2013-2014 out of 440 DIII schools
  • In the past seven seasons, UW-Eau Claire women’s team has posted wins over DII opponents Minnesota State-Mankato, UMD, University of South Dakota, St. Cloud State University

Academic Excellence

  • Five Judy Kruckman WIAC Scholar-Athletes
  • Six Academic All-District honorees
  • Two Academic All-America honorees
  • 2007-2008, team finished 12th in the nation in highest team GPA
  • In 2013-2014, the team GPA was 3.34 including 5 players with a 3.5 or higher and 10 players with a 3.0 or higher

Loyal Fan Following

  • Led all Division III women’s basketball in attendance in 2002-2003 and in 2003-2004.  Finished 2nd nationally in attendance in 2008-2009. Finished 3rd nationally in attendance in 2011-2012.  Finished 7th nationally in attendance in 2007-2008.
  • Led the WIAC in attendance in 2001, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012
  • Blugold Women’s basketball Fast Break Club boasts over 175 members

Active in the Community

  • Blugold women’s basketball players actively involved in giving back to the Eau Claire community working with programs such as Blugold Buddies, ECYBA, Reading in the Schools, Eau Claire Food Pantries, Special Olympics, Boys and Girls Clubs, speaking to service groups, volunteering at local youth basketball practices and participating in the Stroll in the Park for Epilepsy.
  • The Blugold Girls basketball and leadership camps 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.

Playing Career

  • 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.
  • Hill-Murray High School All-Conference, All-Metro, All-State, All-America.  Hill-Murray Athlete of the Year, MVP of the 1987 MN State Tournament, MVP of the 1988 All-Star Game, Ms. Basketball Finalist, Hill-Murray Hall of Fame
  • Full Scholarship player at the University of Wyoming in Laramie- two year starter,  WAC All-Conference, WAC All-tournament as a freshman
  • Led the University of St. Thomas to a National Championship in 1991 earning All-Final Four Team Honors
  • All MIAC, MIAC Co-Player of the Year, D3 Basketball News All-American, Kodak All-American (HM) 1992
  • During her playing and coaching career, she was mentored by legendary MN Hall of Fame College/High School boys and girls coach Bob Erdman, played high school basketball for Ruth Sinn (current University of St. Thomas coach), and played collegiately for highly successful coaches Chad Lavin (2008 NCAA DII National Coach of the Year) and Ted Riverso (1991 National DIII Coach of the Year).

Teacher and Mentor

  • 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.
  • Several of Englund’s former players have gone on to pursue coaching careers at the high school, college and professional levels. Included in that group are former players Becca (Carstensen) Saal (head women's volleyball coach at Carroll College), Brooke (Wozniak) Schmidt ( former head track and field coach at Rice Lake High School), Janel (Soppeland) Seaholm (former head girl's coach at Cadott High School), Becca (Spaeth) Bestul (current assistant women's coach at UW-Eau Claire/ track asst. coach EC North), Heidi Arciszewski ( former assistant women's coach at UW-Eau Claire), Jessie (Brantner) Maas ( former head girl's coach at Eau Claire Memorial), Sarah (Hughes) Brenner ( former head girl's coach Augusta High School), Kristi Channing (former assistant women's coach UW-Eau Claire), Megan (Murphy) Jacobsen ( former assistant women's coach St. Thomas, MN), Amanda Zenner (former assistant women's coach at UW-Eau Claire), Michelle (Burns) O’Connell (current Varsity girl's coach at Spooner High School), Angie( Foschi) Heldstab (current JV basketball coach at Woodbury, MN), Amy Lulich (former Blugold assistant coach, current boys varsity basketball coach at Prentice, WI),  Kali (Houselog) Sawyer (current varsity basketball coach at St. Mary Central Neenah, WI), Emillee Planert (current Altoona Varsity Softball coach), Hannah Mesick (current JV coach San Antonio schools),  Carolyn Kieger (former player of Englund's at Roseville High school now Head Women’s Basketball coach at Marquette University).

Updated 9/2/2014