Johnny Tauer's Championship Basketball Camp
20+ years of providing area youth the chance to develop their basketball skills in an exciting and enjoyable atmosphere; emphasis will be placed on individual and team drills which stress improvement, fundamentals, motivation, discipline and teamwork...


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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:





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