Former Goshen Head Coach Tropf joins Ohio Northern Basketball Staff

Jon Tropf has been named an assistant men’s basketball coach at Ohio Northern.

Jon comes to Ohio Northern after spending the past eight seasons at Goshen (Ind.), including the previous five (2018-22) as head coach.

He was an assistant coach at Goshen under current ONU head coach Neal Young from 2015-17.

A Van Buren, Ohio, native, he started his collegiate coaching career as an assistant coach at Oakland from 2012-14.

In Tropf’s first season as Goshen’s head coach, the Maple Leafs defeated three teams that received NAIA top 25 votes and a pair of national tournament teams. The 2017-18 team led the Crossroads League in scoring with 84.9 points per game, the most in program history.

His second campaign in 2018-19 included a victory over an NCAA Division II school, Central State University, and an upset of the top-ranked team in the nation in Indiana Wesleyan University. That team received the Team Service Award from the Maple Leaf athletic department and included three players who went on to play professionally.

While an undergraduate at Eastern Michigan University, Tropf spent four years as a men’s basketball manager, including three as the head manager.

Over the course of his career, Tropf has coached more than a dozen players who went on to play professionally.

As a player at Van Buren High School, Tropf reached the quarterfinals of consecutive state basketball tournaments in 2007 and 2008. He has also spent summers as an AAU coach of seventh- and ninth-graders for the Western Washtenaw Basketball Association (2010-11) and running summer camps for inner-city boys through Team Focus USA (2011-12).

Tropf graduated summa cum laude from Eastern Michigan with a B.A. in history and received an M.A. in history at Oakland, where he was active in Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Tropf lives in Goshen with his wife, Stef, and their son, Nico.

Story courtesy: Tim Glon, ONU Athletics

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