Jankovich Named Head Men's Basketball Coach at Illinois State
With a coaching lineage that reads like a Who’s Who in college basketball and over two decades of success on the hardwood, Tim Jankovich (JAYNK-ah-vich) was a logical choice for Illinois State’s Director of Athletics Dr. Sheahon Zenger, and as a result, the former Kansas assistant coach was formally named the 18th head coach in Redbird men’s basketball history at a press conference Tuesday morning from Doug Collins Court in Redbird Arena.
“We are excited to be hiring a coach with the experience and expertise of Tim Jankovich,” Zenger said. “His coaching pedigree is unmatched and he has a basketball mind of the highest level. He is a man of great intellect and I believe Tim will be a great fit for Redbird basketball and the Redbird family.”
Jankovich, who will remain with the Jayhawks through their run for the 2007 NCAA Championship, is in his fourth season at Kansas under head coach Bill Self, after working with Self for a season at Illinois.
“I’m pleased and honored to be selected as the next head basketball coach at Illinois State, a prestigious university with a
tradition-rich basketball program,” Jankovich said. “I’ve always been impressed with Illinois State and the Bloomington-
Normal community and I’m looking forward to settling there with my family and building the Redbird basketball program.
“There are many reasons to get excited about joining the university and community, but none more important than having
an opportunity to work for a president and athletic director who share a vision and a commitment to excellence. I have
found that in Dr. (Al) Bowman and Dr. Zenger.”
Continuing with the level of excellence, Jankovich is looking forward to his first season in the Missouri Valley Conference.
“This is such a tremendous time in Missouri Valley Conference history,” Jankovich said. “Not since the days of Wes Unseld
and Oscar Robertson has the conference been playing at such a high, national level. There are a lot of great coaches in
this league and I’m friends with a number of them. It is easily one of the best coaching conferences in the country.”
In addition to Self, Jankovich has served as an assistant coach for the likes of Eddie Sutton, Jack Hartman, Lon Kruger,
Boyd Grant, Gene Iba and former Illinois State head coach Kevin Stallings. His list of employers includes Kansas, Illinois,
Vanderbilt, Texas, Oklahoma State and Colorado State. In addition, Jankovich served as a head coach for four years at
North Texas and two seasons at Hutchinson Community College.
A 1982 graduate of Kansas State, he first built his reputation as a top recruiter when he assembled teams that helped