TIM JANKOVICH Head Coach
Tim Jankovich was named head coach at SMU on July 8, 2016, after four years as associate head coach. He is in his 36th season as a collegiate coach and 12th season a Division I head coach (213-142). He is 56-21 at SMU entering his third season (2018-19) leading the Mustangs. In his first two seasons at the helm, SMU has won the 2016-17 American Athletic Conference regular season and tournament championships, and has five wins over AP top-15 ranked teams. Under Jankovich, SMU won its first 36 games at Moody Coliseum, which is the second-best home start in NCAA history.
He previously was head coach at Illinois State (2007-12) and North Texas (1993-97), and as an assistant or head coach, his teams have won seven regular season conference championships and five league tournament titles, made 10 NCAA appearances and have earned eight NIT berths. His career includes serving as an assistant coach for Lon Kruger, Jack Hartman, Eddie Sutton, Kevin Stallings, Bill Self, Larry Brown, Boyd Grant, Gene Iba and Bob Weltlich.
In his six seasons at SMU, the Mustangs have won The American regular season twice (2014-15, 2016-17), the AAC Tournament twice (2015, 2017) and made the NCAA tournament two times (2015, 2017). SMU also reached the NIT title game in 2014. The Mustangs have garnered three American Athletic Conference Player of the Year honors (Nic Moore 2014-15, 2015-16; Semi Ojeleye in 2016-17) and three AAC Sixth Man of the Year awards (Markus Kennedy 2014-15, 2015-16; Ben Emelogu II 2016-17). In the five seasons in The American, SMU has 11 All-AAC selections. The Mustangs also had three players selected in the NBA Draft (Semi Ojeleye, Sterling Brown in 2017; Shake Milton in 2018).
The 2017-18 Mustangs started 13-6 with three wins over ranked opponents, topping No. 2 Arizona in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament, No. 14 USC at Moody Coliseum and No. 7 Wichita State on the road. Shake Milton was named All-AAC Second Team, NABC All-District Second Team and USBWA All-District. During the season, Milton was on the Naismith Trophy, Wooden Award, Lute Olson and Bob Cousy watch lists. Freshman Ethan Chargois was named to the AAC All-Rookie Team. Ben Emelogu II led The American in 3-point percentage (.470). The Mustangs eventually finished 17-16 after leading scorers Jarrey Foster and Shake Milton missed February and March due to injuries.
In his first full season as head coach (2016-17), SMU won The American regular-season and tournament titles en route to the NCAA Tournament and a program-record 30 victories (30-5). SMU went 18-0 at home, 17-1 in the AAC and had winning streaks of 10 games and 16 games in a stretch that saw wins in 26 of 27 outings. The Ponies finished No. 11 in the AP and No. 23 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. Jankovich was named the AAC Coach of the Year, the USBWA District VII Coach of the Year, NABC All-District 25 Coach and a Naismith Coach of the Year semifinalist. Five Mustangs garnered league awards with Semi Ojeleye being named The American Player of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Ojeleye was also All-AAC First Team, AP All-America Honorable Mention and CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team. Ben Moore, Sterling Brown and Shake Milton made the All-AAC Second Team. Ben Emelogu II was named AAC Co-Sixth Man of the Year. After winning the conference tournament, Moore and Brown were named All-Tournament with Ojeleye selected as the Most Outstanding Player. Moore and Brown were selected to play in the NABC All-Star game at the Final Four in Phoenix.
In 2015-16, Jankovich led the team during Larry Brown's NCAA-mandated suspension, going 9-0, with wins over Stanford, TCU and Michigan among others. SMU finished 25-5 with a 16-1 record at Moody Coliseum. SMU was second in The American at 13-5. The Ponies were No. 24 in the final AP Top 25 after reaching as high as No. 8 during the season after a program-best 18-0 start. SMU claimed the Las Vegas Classic title during the 18-game win streak; eventually becoming the last undefeated team in NCAA Division I. Nic Moore was selected AAC Player of the Year and AP All-America Honorable Mention for the second straight season. He was named All-AAC First Team for the third straight season. Moore was also a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award, a member of the Wooden Award Late Season Top 20, on the Naismith Midseason Watch List and on the Oscar Robertson Trophy Watch List. Markus Kennedy was on the Karl Malone Award Watch List and earned his second straight AAC Sixth Man of the Year honor. Shake Milton was a pick for the AAC All-Rookie team. Ben Moore was named to the NABC All-District Second Team.
In 2014-15, SMU claimed The American 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). 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-America 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 2013-14, he helped lead the Mustangs into the national spotlight as SMU earned a No. 1 seed in the NIT and eventually reached the title game at Madison Square Garden. SMU was in the top 25 in four of the last five regular season polls, being ranked for the first time since 1984-85.
Prior to SMU, he 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 in each of the NIT seasons. They advanced to the MVC tournament title game three times (2008, 2009, 2012), twice falling in overtime. In his five years at ISU, Jankovich was named IBCA District Coach of the Year four times (2008, 2009, 2010, 2012).
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 Tournaments, two trips to the Elite Eight and laid the foundation for Kansas' National Title 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 No. 11 in the final AP poll.
For the past 30-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 27 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 UTPA, 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).
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 that 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 at Washington State and three years for legendary coach Jack Hartman at KSU). In each of his seasons at KSU, the Wildcats 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, he finished at Kansas State in the school's top-10 in nine categories, including first in season FT pct. (.917) and eighth in career FG pct. (.510). 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.