Tim Jankovich has been named Associate Head Coach for SMU men’s basketball, Head Coach Larry Brown announced. Jankovich spent the past five seasons (2007-2012) as the head coach at Illinois State, where his teams went 105-64, and made four NIT appearances (2008, 2009, 2010, 2012). He also won at least 20 games and finished in the top-three in the Missouri Valley Conference in each of the NIT seasons. They advanced to the MVC tournament championship game three times (2008, 2009, 2012), twice falling in overtime. He became the first head coach in MVC history to make the tournament title game in each of his first two seasons.
Before arriving at Illinois State, he spent five years as an assistant for Kansas coach Bill Self (one at Illinois and four at Kansas). During that stretch, their teams made five straight NCAA Tournament appearances, two trips to the Elite Eight and laid the foundation for Kansas’ National Championship season in 2008. In all, Jankovich has coached teams that have advanced to the postseason in seven-straight seasons, and eight of the last nine years.
In Jankovich’s four years at Kansas, the Jayhawks compiled a 105-29 (.784) record, won three Big 12 regular season titles (2005, 2006, 2007), a pair of Big 12 tournaments (2006, 2007) and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in each campaign. In his final season at Kansas (2006-07), the Jayhawks went 33-5, and advanced to the Elite Eight for the second time in four years. The Jayhawks finished the season ranked No. 2 in both the final Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls. KU finished each season of his tenure ranked No. 16 or better.
In his one year as an assistant at Illinois (2002-03), the team finished 25-7, won the Big Ten Tournament and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Illinois was ranked No. 11 in the final AP poll.
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