Tom Tankelewicz II enters the 2016-17 season as a first year graduate assistant manager on head coach Wes Miller’s staff. Tankelewicz returns to the Southern Conference after being a three-year letter winner for the Catamounts (2011-14). Tankelewicz finished his career after the 2013-14 season, playing in 93 career games, making 36 starts and averaging 7.2 points per game during time in Cullowhee.
Tankelewicz was known in the SoCon coaching circles as a pure shooter. He made 156 three pointers over his three-year stint connecting on 37 percent. In 2012-13, he led the SoCon with 80 made 3-pointers, which ranks seventh in a single-season in Western Carolina history. He holds the single season record for most 3-pointers in a game by going 10-of-18 vs. Charleston Southern. Prior to Western Carolina, he played one season for Charleston Southern where he played in 20 games and averaged 5.5 points per game.
After his playing career ended at WCU, he played one season (2014-15) professionally with the KB Bashkimi Prizren Basketball Club. In 23 games during the season, he averaged 13 points per game and made 49 3-pointers. He was named to the All-Kosovo Super League Team following the year.
Tankelewicz earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Western Carolina in criminal justice in 2014. He is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in liberal studies, where he expects to graduate in 2018.