Bill Fenlon
Bill Fenlon
Title: Head Men's Basketball Coach
Phone: 765-658-4940
Alma Mater: Northwestern University '79
  • 27th season at DePauw with a 426-259 record (entering 2018-19 season)
  • Most wins and games coached in DePauw men's basketball history
  • 34th season overall as a collegiate head coach with a 533-328 record (entering 2018-19 season)
  • Entered 2018-19 season ranked 10th among active Division III men's basketball coaches in wins
  • 2015 North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament champions for his fifth DePauw NCAA tournament appearance and sixth overall as a collegiate head coach. Tigers won first-round game at Washington University before losing by two points at eventual runner-up Augustana two days later. Team posted fourth 20-win season during his tenure
  • 2013-14 Tigers finished 19-8 and second in North Coast Athletic Conference standings
  • 2012-13 Tigers were 16-10 and lost eight games by four or fewer points and won two against top-25 teams
  • 2011 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year after leading Tigers to 19-9 finish
  • 2009-10 team was his third DePauw squad to win 20 games (20-8)
  • Led 2006-07 Tigers to second straight appearance in NCAA Championship with an at-large berth. DePauw lost to Whitworth on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer in overtime. Team posted a 22-6 record for his second-highest single-season win total and the program's fifth-highest total. Tigers earned top seed in SCAC Tournament after sharing league's best record
  • 2005-06 Tigers won SCAC Tournament over Centre on Austin Brown's buzzer-beater and dropped a 76-68 contest at Wisconsin-Whitewater in opening round of NCAA postseason
  • 2002-03 team finished atop the SCAC regular season standings. DePauw finished the season ranked sixth in Division III rebound margin. 
  • In 2002 he led DePauw to its first SCAC championship and a bid into the NCAA Championship.  The 24-4 Tigers defeated Wittenberg in the second round and knocked off top-ranked Washington (Mo.) in the round of 16 before falling to eventual national champion Otterbein in the quarterfinals. Fenlon earned SCAC Coach of the Year honors and the Tigers were ranked fourth in the final poll.

The 2000-01 Tigers finished with a 19-6 record and a third-place showing in the SCAC. The team ranked eighth in Division III rebound margin, ninth in scoring defense, 20th in scoring margin and 28th in three-point percentage. 

Fenlon led a team of primarily freshmen and sophomores to a second-place SCAC finish in 1999-2000 as well as a top-25 national ranking during DePauw’s second season of SCAC competition. 

In his first season with the Tigers in 1992-93, Fenlon led the Old Gold to an Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference championship and a fourth straight appearance in the NCAA Division III tournament despite being picked to finish third in the ICAC in a preseason poll of coaches. The Tigers ranked first in the nation in three-point percentage (45.6) and 11th in scoring defense (61.3) that season.

In 1994 the Tigers ranked ninth in Division III in scoring defense (62.9) and posted the best field goal percentage defense in DePauw history at 41.5 percent. The 1996 team ranked 12th in scoring defense (62.0), while the 1997 squad was 15th (60.9). In 1997-98 the Tigers ranked 20th in free throw percentage at 73.6 percent. The 1998-99 team was sixth in free throw percentage (76.3 percent) and 35th in three-point percentage (38.8 percent), while the 1999-2000 squad was third in three-point percentage (41.3).

His first coaching job was as head coach of the Tampa Preparatory School where his team set the school record for victories in a season during the 1981-82 campaign. Fenlon also coached at the Berkeley Preparatory School in Tampa and was an assistant for Team Florida, a 19 & under AAU team, that captured the AAU national championship.  That team also had six future NBA draft picks on its roster. 

Fenlon’s collegiate head coaching career began at the University of the South in 1985 where he directed the program for three years and led the Tigers to a first-ever national ranking (20th) in 1988. He was an assistant coach there from 1983-85.

He then took over at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 1988 and immediately led the Engineers to a 19-7 record for the most wins in seven years. His three-year stint included an NCAA Division III tournament appearance and a first-round victory in 1989.  He posted a 53-26 career record at Rose-Hulman and the Engineers ranked among the top 15 in Division III in scoring defense each year.

A head coach during the 1991-92 season at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, Fenlon improved the Pirates from an 8-19 record in 1991 to 19-10.  The team ranked in the top ten, nationally, in scoring defense.

A 1979 graduate of Northwestern University, Fenlon earned a bachelor of science degree in communications with a minor in English.  He also earned three letters as a member of the Wildcats basketball team. Fenlon was an all-state high school player at Marist High School in Atlanta and was inducted into its athletic hall of fame in 2006.

Fenlon’s wife, Gigi, currently works as a Part-time Assistant Professor of Communication and Theatre.

The Fenlons are the parents of Hannah, a Kenyon College graduate, and Quinn, a Brown University graduate.


Year School W L
1985-86 University of the South-Sewanee 9 13
1986-87 University of the South-Sewanee 12 11
1987-88 University of the South-Sewanee 14 9
  University of the South Total (3 years/35-33)    
1988-89 Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 19 8
1989-90 Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 17 9
1990-91 Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 17 9
  Rose-Hulman Total (3 years/53-26)    
1991-92 Southwestern University 19 10
  Southwestern Total (1 year/19-10)    
1992-93 DePauw University 19 7
1993-94 DePauw University 18 9
1994-95 DePauw University 14 12
1995-96 DePauw University 17 9
1996-97 DePauw University 12 13
1997-98 DePauw University 12 13
1998-99 DePauw University 15 10
1999-00 DePauw University 17 8
2000-01 DePauw University 19 6
2001-02 DePauw University 24 4
2002-03 DePauw University 18 8
2003-04 DePauw University 16 10
2004-05 DePauw University 12 13
2005-06 DePauw University 15 13
2006-07 DePauw University 22 6
2007-08 DePauw University 19 7
2008-09 DePauw University 19 7
2009-10 DePauw University 20 8
2010-11 DePauw  University 19 9
2011-12 DePauw Universisty 13 13
2012-13 DePauw University 16 10
2013-14 DePauw University 19 8
2014-15 DePauw University 20 10
2015-16 DePauw University 8 17
2016-17 DePauw University 12 14
2017-18 DePauw University 11 15
  DePauw Total (26 years/426-259)    
  Career Total (33 years) 533 328