Eastern Illinois men’s basketball head coach Jay Spoonhour has completed his staff for next season with the addition of junior college head coach Tone Boyle.
Boyle comes to EIU following three years as the head coach at Highland Community College in Illinois. In 2016-17 he coached HCC to the Arrowhead Conference Championship and NCAA Region IV Championship as the team posted a 27-7 record advancing to the NJCAA National Tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas. He coached second team JUCO All-American D’Angelo Jackson, a recent EIU recruit. Boyle won 62 games in three seasons HCC as he won 21 games during his second season at Highland.
Prior to taking over at Highland CC, Boyle spent two seasons as a graduate manager at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and in 2013-14 helped the program earn a berth in the NCAA Tournament while also securing 21 wins.
During his playing career at Milwaukee, Boyle helped lead the Panthers to the Horizon League regular-season title and a bid to the National Invitation Tournament in 2010-11. That season, he posted 12.9 points per game while starting all 33 contests. In two seasons in Milwaukee, Boyle recorded 823 points and 149 three-point field goals.
After averaging 13.2 points and 3.1 rebounds per outing his first season at Milwaukee, the guard collected Second Team All-Horizon League and Horizon League All-Newcomer Team recognition before a back injury sidelined him for the 2009-10 campaign.
Boyle is a graduate of Milwaukee who also played two years at Highland CC.