Dr. John Tauer
University of St. Thomas
Head Men's Basketball Coach
Professor, Department of Psychology
Championship Basketball Camp Director
Head coach for the University of St. Thomas men’s basketball
team. Professor in the Department of Psychology at St. Thomas.
Member of the University of St. Thomas Athletic Hall of Fame.
Tauer has coached at St.
Thomas for sixteen seasons. 2001 inductee of the University of St.
Thomas Athletic Hall of Fame. St. Thomas has won 10
consecutive, 12 of the last 14, and 19 of the last 27 MIAC
Championships. In 2008-09, UST was ranked #1 in the country in
NCAA D-III. In 2005-06, UST’s offense was the only team in the
nation to be in the top 10 the country in highest field-goal %,
highest three-point FG%, and fewest turnovers. In 2006-07, UST
was one of three Division III teams ranked in the top 12 in the
nation in both field-goal% and 3-point field goal percentage.
St. Thomas was one of three schools in all divisions of NCAA
basketball (Wooster and Northern Arizona are the others) to be
in the top 12 in the nation in both field-goal percentage and
three-point field goal percentage from 2005-2007. St. Thomas was
the only school in NCAA Men’s basketball (more than 800 teams in
Division 1, 2, and 3) to be in the top 12 in the country in
three-point field-goal percentage from 2004-07. St. Thomas is
the only school in the country (all divisions) to have been in
the top 10 in FG% each of the past four seasons. In games Tauer
has played or coached, UST teams have compiled a 266-54 (83%) MIAC record. In
fifteen years of playing or coaching the offense
or defense, UST has won twelve conference titles, nine MIAC
playoff championships, and made ten NCAA appearances. In 2011,
UST won the Division III National Championship.
As a player, Tauer was an
Honorable Mention All-American and GTE Academic All-American.
Helped lead St. Thomas to Final Four in 1993–94 and a school
record 27 straight victories in 1994-95. Set all-time record at
UST for 3-point field goals. Member of Cretin-Derham Hall State
Championship teams in basketball and baseball, and named
All-State, All-Metro, and Academic All-State in both sports.
This is Tauer's 22nd
year of directing his own camp. He has worked with
several thousand youth players, many who have gone on to success
at the high school and college level. In 2006-07, four members
of St. Thomas' varsity team were former campers (2X All-American
center Isaac Rosefelt, All West Region Mike Keating, Alex McCoy,
and Josh Peltier). Tauer also served as a director of Minnesota
Timberwolves’ camps for four summers, coached summer baseball
and basketball at Cretin-Derham Hall, and coached baseball at
Highland Catholic Grade School. Tauer earned a PhD in social
psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, one of the
top graduate programs in the country. Tauer conducts research on
motivation, competition, cooperation, and goal-setting that has
been published in top academic journals such as the Journal of
Educational Psychology, the Journal of Experimental Social
Psychology, and the Journal of Personality and Social
Psychology. He is currently working on a book that focuses on
youth sports, parents, and motivation. Tauer writes a regular
blog on sports and motivation for Psychology Today at
Please call 651-962-5953 or e-mail
with questions about basketball camp, to set up a youth clinic,
or to contact Dr. Tauer about speaking to your corporation, organization on
motivation, goals, team building, basketball, psychology, or youth sports.
You can purchase Tauer's book on youth
sports, parents, and motivation at:
University of St. Thomas · Minnesota
2115 Summit Avenue · Saint Paul, Minnesota 55105 · USA