The 30-Under-30 Team recognizes 30 of the most outstanding men's college basketball coaches under the age of 30.
Falke was hired as an assistant men's basketball coach at TLU in April 2014 after spending two seasons with former Bulldog Head Coach Jimmy Smith at Schreiner. Falke followed Smith to TLU and together the Bulldogs won Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships in 2014-15 and 2015-16.
In August of 2016, Falke was promoted to associate head coach of men's basketball by new Head Coach Mike Wacker.
With Wacker and Falke, the Bulldogs won their third consecutive championship, the 2016-17 SCAC title.
After advancing to the SCAC semifinal round in the 2017-18 season, the Bulldogs came back in 2018-19 to win their fourth SCAC Championship in five years and make their fourth NCAA Division III Championship appearance.
The 2019-20 season will be Falke's sixth year with the Bulldogs.
With Falke on the bench, the Bulldogs have won three Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference regular-season championships and four SCAC tournament championships.
Falke has been an assistant coach/associate head coach on four NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship teams (first round appearances for TLU in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2019).
Falke came to Schreiner after graduating from Stephen F. Austin, where he enjoyed a three-year playing career. The Lumberjacks won back-to-back Southland Conference titles during his playing career and played in both the NCAA Tournament and the NIT.
After his playing career with SFA was over, Falke spent the 2011-12 season as a graduate assistant coach for the 'Jacks.
Falke graduated with a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology from Stephen F. Austin in August 2010. He earned a master's degree in kinesiology from SFA in May 2012.
Falke played high school basketball for Thorndale, where he was named the 2007 Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Class A Player of the Year.
Falke is married to Rebekah Falke. The Falkes are the proud parents of a baby girl, Lily James Falke, born on July 29, 2017.
2019 NABC Under Armour 30-Under-30 Team
Tramel Barnes - Utah State University
Jordan Brooks - Howard University
Nathan Bollinger - Saint Vincent College
Tyler Bullock - Omaha
Michael Lenahan - UC Irvine
Brandon Dunson - University of Nevada
Austin Falke - Texas Lutheran University
Scott Faucher - Nichols College
Jordan Fee - Nova Southeastern University
Chase Goldstein - Florida State University
Ryan Grandits - Daemen College
Corey Hendren - USC Aiken
Alex Herman - Mayville State University
Bryan Joel - University of Chicago
Ryan Kirsch - Kirkwood Community College
Michael Lamberti - West Liberty University
Timothy MacAllister - Texas Tech University
Chelsea Mangino - Liberty University
Graham Maxwell - Emmanuel College (GA)
Martin McCann - Palm Beach State College
Barrett Meyer - Georgetown College
Pat Moore - Colgate University
Jason O'Connell - Cairn University
Allen Payne - IUP
Jeremy Shardo - Walsh University
Inder Singh - Crown College
Joel Smith - University of New Haven
Bryan Smothers - University of Michigan
Aaron Toomey - Amherst College
Thomas Wilk - Morrisville State College
About the National Association of Basketball Coaches
Located in Kansas City, Mo., the NABC was founded in 1927 by Forrest "Phog" Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men's basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today's student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at nabc.com.