Tony Wingen enters his 32nd season with the Tartans and is the longest tenured men’s coach in the University Athletic Association (UAA).
The 2019-2020 season concluded with three Tartan seniors being named to the All-UAA team. Trent Suddeth lead the UAA in rebounding averaging 10.4 per game, while Colin McNeil led not only the UAA in assists per game averaging 7.3 per game but also the nation. McNeil’s also tied a UAA single game record for assists with 17, broke the 43-year-old university record for assists in a season with 183 and became the school’s all-time assist leader with 458. McNeil also recorded the first triple-double in school history against La Roche University. Zach Howarth finished the season ranked 10th in the UAA in points per game with 14.1 and finished sixth on the Tartan all-time scoring list with 1,264 points.
The Tartans also excelled off the court with every member of the 16-player squad earning a GPA better than 3.30 for a team average of 3.78 for the academic year.
After the 2018-2019 season, Wingen was honored with the National Association of Basketball Coaches Division III Outstanding Service Award recognizing his distinguished contributions to the game “inside and outside the lines.”
During the 2008-09 season Wingen guided the Tartans to the best season in school history. That season, the Tartans tied the school record for most wins in a season with 20 and won the program’s first-ever NCAA postseason game against Brockport State on March 6, 2009.
Wingen took the program to new heights in 2005-06 with the program’s first 20-win season. He guided that team to the UAA Championship and a berth in the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament. In 2007-08, Wingen led the Tartans to their first-ever ECAC South Championship over Gwynedd-Mercy, 75-67.
On February 3, 2006, Wingen became Carnegie Mellon’s all-time leader in wins when the Tartans defeated Washington University 79-72 for his 174th victory as the university’s head coach. A member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and chairman of the NABC committee on academics, Wingen also served as a member of the Great Lakes Region Selection Committee for the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Wingen and his coaching staff were honored as the UAA Coaching Staff of the Year in back-to-back seasons, 2004-2006. In 2006, he was named Great Lakes Coach of the Year.
The 2016-17 season, was the most succesful for the Tartans since 2008-09. Wingen and the Tartans returned to the postseason, as Tartans made an appearance in the 2017 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Men's Basketball Championship tournament. It marked the sixth postseason appearance for Wingen and seventh for the program.
During the 2013-14 season, Wingen coached the school's first UAA Rookie of the Year, Jack Serbin. Serbin finished the season ranked second in the association in blocks and averaged 10.0 points and 6.4 rebounds in 14 UAA contests. That same season, Asad Meghani became the Tartans' all-time leader with 218 career made three-point baskets and finished his career making one three-pointer in 56 straight games.
At the conclusion of the 2015-16 season, Patrick Ehland was named UAA Rookie of the Year, marking the second under Wingen’s leadership. Ehland finished the season averaging 8.2 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. He led all UAA freshmen shooting 50.4% from the floor and with 25 blocks.
Wingen has had five players play professional basketball during his coaching career at Carnegie Mellon and six overall. Kevin Byrne ’96, Eliot Goren ’05, Nate Maurer ’06, Greg Gonzalez ’08, and Christian Manoli ’14 were the five Tartans under Wingen to play professionally. Bary Dunn, an ’06 graduate, also competed internationally, as he was part of the United States Inaugural Maccabi Australia International Games that competed in Sydney, Australia in 2006. Matthew Pettit and Shane Rife, both 2011 graduates, continued their playing career as well. Pettit played for the BK Miners club team in Norway and Rife played for the Glasnevin Basketball club team in Ireland.
Wingen has served Carnegie Mellon in a number of administrative roles, most recently as Associate Athletics Director until 2017.
Previously, Wingen spent two years as head coach at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where his team compiled a 21-28 record. Wingen served as an assistant for the University of the South from 1986-88 before becoming the program’s head coach in 1988.
Wingen began his coaching career at his alma mater, Springfield College, as an assistant from 1982-85. He also served as an assistant coach at Brown University in 1985-86. That same year, the Bears won the Ivy League Championship and recently the team has been inducted into the Brown Hall of Fame.
Wingen earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1982 from Springfield College and received his master’s degree in athletic administration from Springfield in 1983.
Wingen, who grew up in Enfield, Conn., was inducted into the Enfield Community Hall of Fame in September 2006. He and his wife, Kris, live in Mt. Lebanon. They have three children and three grandsons.