Joins Jankovich And Howard On Head Coach Larry Brown's Staff
Joins Tim Jankovich On Head Coach Larry Brown's Staff
In his third season (2014-15), SMU claimed the American Athletic Conference regular season and tournament titles en route to reaching the NCAA Tournament. SMU finished the season 27-7 overall. The Mustangs went 15-3 in league play, clinching the outright league title (first since 1993) with a 67-62 win against Tulsa in a sold out Moody Coliseum on March 8. The team followed that by winning the AAC tournament title 62-54 over Connecticut. The Mustangs spent nine weeks in the AP and USA Today Top 25 and set home attendance records for a season (124,986) and average (6,944) while going 16-2 in Moody Coliseum. Nic Moore was named AP All-American Honorable Mention and AAC Player of the Year, Markus Kennedy was AAC Sixth Man of the Year and Most Outstanding Player of the Championship, and Yanick Moreira was named the AAC's Most Improved Player.
In his second season (2013-14), he helped lead the Mustangs into the national spotlight. The Mustangs went 27-10, earning a No. 1 seed in the NIT and eventually reaching the title game at Madison Square Garden in New York. SMU was in the top 25 in four of the last five regular season polls, being ranked for the first time since 1984-85. The Mustangs tied a program record with four wins over ranked teams and set a single-season home attendance record that included nine sellouts in the renovated Moody Coliseum. The Mustangs tied for the third-best turnaround in the nation, finishing with 12 more wins after a 15-17 record in 2012-13.
SMU finished tied for third in the inaugural season of the American Athletic Conference, going 12-6 with two wins over NCAA Champion Connecticut as well as wins over NCAA Tournament teams Cincinnati and Memphis. The Mustangs led the league and finished in the top-20 nationally in field goal percentage (48.3%, 18th NCAA) and field goal percentage defense (38.5%, 7th NCAA).
In his first season (2012-13), SMU finished 15-17. The Mustangs led Conference USA in field goal percentage defense (39.5%, 29th NCAA), which was the best since 1961-62. SMU also led C-USA in free throw percentage (.745) while ranking second in scoring defense (62.7). SMU's 8-1 starts and 10-5 mark in non-conference play were the best since 2006-07. The Mustangs' recruiting class also ranked as high as No. 14 nationally.
Prior to SMU, Jankovich spent five seasons (2007-12) 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 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.
For the past 25-plus years, Jankovich has played a key role in recruiting and player development. He is responsible for having attracted and coached some of the most accomplished recruiting classes in college basketball and has coached 24 current or former NBA players.
In addition to working under Self, Jankovich has served as an assistant coach for Eddie Sutton, Jack Hartman, Lon Kruger, Boyd Grant, Gene Iba, Bob Weltlich and Kevin Stallings. Other than Kansas and Illinois, he also served on the coaching staffs at UT-Pan American, Kansas State, Texas, Colorado State, Baylor, Oklahoma State and Vanderbilt. In addition, he served as a head coach for four years at the University of North Texas (1993-97) and two seasons at Hutchinson Community College (1997-99).
In his first season as head coach at North Texas (1993-94), his squad posted the second-biggest turnaround in the nation that year (from 5-21 to 14-15) and was one win away from an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. His team also made the Southland Conference Tournament championship game in 1996. In his fourth season, the Eagles moved to the Big West Conference. In all, his four years at North Texas comprised the second-best winning percentage in school history to that point (53-57, .482).
Jankovich guided Hutchinson Community College from 1997-99, going 50-14, posting back-to-back 20-win campaigns and national rankings both seasons. At Vanderbilt (1999-2002), he played a key role in turning around a struggling program and helped lead the Commodores to two NIT appearances in three years (2000, 2002). The core of Jankovich's recruited players at Vanderbilt advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2004.
One of the winningest players in Kansas State history, he was a four-year starter at point guard (one year at Washington State and three years for legendary coach Jack Hartman at Kansas State). In each of his three seasons, at KSU, the Wildcats were ranked in the top-20 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Jankovich played in nine NCAA Tournament games, advancing to the 1981 Elite Eight and the 1982 Sweet 16.
A three-time academic All-American and honorable mention All-Big Eight player, Jankovich finished his career at Kansas State in the school's top-10 in nine categories, including first in season free-throw percentage (.917) and eighth in career field-goal percentage (.510). In addition, he set the Big Eight Tournament record for single-game assists (14).
Jankovich graduated from Kansas State cum laude in 1982 with a 3.63 GPA in business finance and received his master's degree in radio/television in 1985. He and his wife, Cindy, have a son, Michael.