Assistant Athletic Director
Head Coach Track and Field
Assistant Coach Men's Basketball
- Work Phone 574.257.3478
Wiekamp Athletic Center, Room 113
1001 Bethel Circle
Mishawaka IN 46545 USA EST
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Coach Tony Natali, who also serves as the assistant athletic director and head track coach at Bethel, enters his thirteenth season with the Pilots basketball program. The Purdue graduate also has been a Division I assistant at Bowling Green University. He has also served at the University of Indianapolis, Franklin College and Marian College.
Coach Natali’s responsibilities include transportation arrangements and hotel accommodations for the Pilots. The men’s basketball team has traveled to the Bahamas, Alaska, Georgia, California and this year to Miami Gardens Florida. His arrangements give the players an opportunity to see and visit many places they might not otherwise have the possibility of visiting such as a tour of American Airlines Areana which is home to the NBA's Miami Heat.
Coach Natali plays a vital role for the men's basketball team both on and off the hardwood. Off the court he is heavily involved in scouting and recruiting. On the floor he takes emphasis to the defensive end of the floor.
“Bethel feels that seeing and visiting other places adds to the academic experience. It also builds team unity as we travel,” says Coach Natali. "Not only does the team chemistry grow, but Bethel has played in some of the greatest college tournaments in the country.”
He also works closely with the academic success of the Pilot players. The rich educational tradition also has produced even more academic All-Americans.
Coach Natali might be a great trivia question for the coaching archives. He has been a part of coaching staffs that have been in the NIT, NCAA, NAIA and NCCAA national finals. It would be hard to find anyone else in the country who can boast of that.
Coach Natali’s love for basketball is only matched by his love for mentoring the players at Bethel. He cares about them as people, and the players know it. "I really appreciate all the opportunities Coach Lightfoot has given me in the past 12 seasons as a part of his staff. It has been a great experience to coach at such a high level of a program that has so many classy people involved in every aspect."
Tony and his wife Andrea have been married for 26 years and have two daughters: Cassie (19) who is a sophomore at Bethel and Hannah (15) a sophomore at Mishawaka High School.