Former Assistant Named Third Head Coach in Notre Dame College Men's Basketball History

After a successful 10-year run at the helm of the Notre Dame College Men's Basketball program, Kevin Bille has resigned, and one of his former assistants Tim Koenig has been named the third head coach in the history of the program.

Koenig, a native of Richmond Heights, Ohio, spent six years as an assistant under Bille at Notre Dame from 2006-2012. He was hired in 2006 as a part-time assistant coach, before becoming the head junior varsity coach in 2008. He was named a full-time assistant in 2009.

While an assistant at the College, Koenig covered a lot of ground and assisted in nearly every aspect of the program, ranging from recruiting to the development of student athletes on and off the floor─as well as in academic advising and scouting.

"It is an honor to be given the opportunity to be the Head Men's Basketball Coach at Notre Dame College,” Koenig said. “I want to continue to grow upon the hard work and foundation that was built by Kevin Bille, and I am looking forward to coming back to a place where I spent many great years under him.

“My passion and love is to develop successful young men and focus on all aspects of the student-athlete. I want to help every member of the men's basketball program become better people, better students and better athletes,” Koenig added.

Prior to joining the College coaching staff, Koenig served as a varsity assistant coach at University School from 2005-2006. He also served as the varsity assistant coach at Cornerstone Christian Academy during the 2004-2005 season.

A 2006 graduate of Case Western Reserve, Koenig excelled both on and off the court. He was a four year standout─a two-year captain on Case's baseball team and a two-year member of the Spartans basketball team.

During the 2012-2013 season, Koenig served as an assistant coach at Lake Erie College and was the director of marketing and admissions at St. Peter Chanel High School.

"Tim Koenig is a coach with high character and ability,” said Scott Swain, director of athletics. “He was selected over a highly qualified group of applicants. I look forward to Tim beginning an exciting new chapter of Falcon Men's Basketball. I am happy that he and his wife, Nikki, will be joining our Falcon athletic family."

Koenig replaced Bille, who turned the men's basketball program around in his 10-year tenure as head coach. Arriving on College Road in 2003, Bille built up The College program from the depths of a combined 9-49 mark in its inaugural and sophomore campaigns over 2001-2002 and 2002-2003. Notre Dame won 11 games over the next two seasons and then went 19-13 overall and 8-2 in the American Midwest Conference (AMC) North Division in 2006-2007 to earn its first-ever postseason berth.

Bille's clubs enjoyed success over each of the next three seasons, capped by an incredible run in 2009-2010, when they landed a second AMC North Division Championship─and another postseason berth─as they broke a school record with 20 victories.

Bille resigned in May, to take a position as both athletic director and head boys basketball coach at Fairless High School in Navarre, Ohio.

The 2013-2014 men's basketball season will be Notre Dame's second as an NCAA Division II member and the institution's first as a charter member of the Mountain East Conference.