NJCAA Men's Basketball Coaches Association Officers:
College of DuPage
College of DuPage
Sandquist, Norman Voted as New Committee Members
Tim Sandquist is currently in his third year as head coach of Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Sandquist will take over the role of Third Vice President of the NJCAA Men’s Basketball Coaches Association.
"It’s a great honor to have been selected for the position and to have the ability to work with some of the best NJCAA coaches from around the country," Sandquist said. "I am also grateful for the many friends and colleagues I have gotten to know over my 11 seasons at the NJCAA level and am looking forward to this responsibility."
Sandquist started his coaching career as an assistant for his alma mater the University of Nebraska-Omaha. In his five seasons as an assistant at UNO the Mavericks won two conference tournaments and participated in the NCAA Division II tournament twice.
Sandquist then got his start in junior college basketball as assistant coach for one season at Southwestern (Iowa) Community College before spending four seasons as an assistant at Dodge City (Kan.) Community College. His last stint as an assistant was at Northwest Kansas Technical College for two successful seasons in which Sandquist recruited and coached seven future NCAA Division I players.
The first head coaching job for Sandquist came at Rock Valley (Ill.) College for one season in 2018-19. During that one season he led Rock Valley to a 25-7 record, a runner-up finish in the NJCAA National Tournament, and was named the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association College Coach of the Year, Region IV Coach of the Year and District 2 Coach of the Year.
After his successful 2018 campaign, Sandquist became the head coach for the Eagles of Kirkwood. In his first season as head coach at Kirkwood he led his team to a 24-6 record and a regular season ICCAC Conference Championship.
"I am looking forward to continuing to fight the stigma that NJCAA has unrightfully had over many years," said Sanquist. "There are so many good coaches and players at this level and to have the ability to help them is really exciting. I am also looking forward to help advertise and sell the viability of going the junior college route for both players and young coaches."
Pete Norman is the current Athletic Director and former head coach of Highland Community College in Freeport, Illinois. Norman will be taking over the role of Secretary/Treasurer. for the NJCAA Men’s Basketball Coaches Association.
“I am proud and honored to be elected by my peers who I have great respect,” Norman said. “I hope to be able to give back to an Association that has represented junior college basketball and my livelihood for nearly 30 years. Hopefully I can make a positive impact for coaches and programs throughout the NJCAA.”
Norman spent his college years on the basketball teams of Highland Community College and Eastern Illinois University before starting his coaching career as a volunteer assistant coach for Eastern Illinois. Norman then went on to have a successful run of assistant coaching jobs with stops at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, Missouri Western State College and Southwest Missouri State. Norman got his first head coaching gig in 1994 when he accepted the job at his alma mater Highland Community College.
He was the head coach of the Cougars for 15 seasons amassing an impressive career record of 395-110. In his time as head coach, he led his teams to five NJCAA Division I Championship Tournament appearances highlighted by a third place finish in 2006. Coach Norman was known for instilling the importance of academic success into his players. His accomplishments earned him a selection into the NJCAA Men’s Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, Class of 2021.
Since stepping down in 2009 as head men’s basketball coach at Highland, Norman has been the athletic director as well as head golf coach for the school. In 2020 Luke Norman, Pete’s son, took over the reins of the men’s basketball program at Highland, with the hopes of continuing the success of the program his father had for many years.