Head Coach, Men's Basketball
Pat Estepp has been the head men’s basketball coach at Cedarville University since the 2008-09 campaign. He has guided his alma mater to an average of 21 victories per season and five national tournament appearances.
The Yellow Jackets’ first active season in NCAA Division II resulted in a 22-9 mark in 2012-13. Estepp was voted the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Coach of the Year as his team claimed the G-MAC regular season title, the G-MAC Tournament trophy, and placed third in the NCCAA Championship.
Cedarville was 23-9 during its NCAA provisional year in 2011-12. They won the school’s first NCCAA Championship banner in convincing fashion after entering the 2012 tournament as the No. 1 seed and winning their three games by an average of 18 points. Estepp was tabbed NCCAA National Coach of the Year.
Cedarville finished strong again in 2010-11 by winning eight of their last nine regular season games including the last five in a row. The Jackets were ranked as high as 14th in the NAIA Division II poll and finished at 20-13.
Cedarville won 16 of its last 18 games in 2009-10 to finish 26-9 and 14-2 in the American Mideast Conference as the league runner-up. The Yellow Jackets, who were rated as high as 8th in the national poll, later won the AMC Tournament and advanced to the second round of the national tournament.
Estepp’s inaugural campaign at the helm was full of memorable accomplishments. He guided the Yellow Jackets to a 27-4 overall record and a share of the AMC title with a 12-1 league mark. Cedarville was ranked as high as No. 1 in the country, finished in a tie for the No. 2 spot in the final poll, and advanced to the national tournament.
The Jackets assembled a number of school records which included a 14-game winning streak. They also wiped out all of the previous marks for defense.
Cedarville led the country in field goal percentage defense with opponents shooting just 37.9 percent. They also ranked second nationally by allowing a stingy 60 points per contest which was 10 points per game lower than the old school record.
Estepp’s leadership did not go unnoticed. He was voted the AMC Coach of the Year as well as the NCCAA Midwest Region Coach of the Year.