Tim Jankovich enters his fourth season on the University of Kansas coaching staff after a stint at Illinois, where he served under Jayhawk head coach Bill Self.
A 22-year coaching veteran, Jankovich's pedigree reads like a Who's Who in college basketball. In addition to Self, he has served as an assistant coach for the likes of Eddie Sutton, Jack Hartman, Lon Kruger, Boyd Grant and Gene Iba. 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 Colorado State to the winningest period in school history, posting three consecutive 20-win seasons, two Western Athletic Conference titles and three straight postseason tournament appearances. From that point forward, success has followed him throughout his career, including a short stint working with Self and for Sutton at Oklahoma State. The Cowboys advanced to the Final Four shortly after Self and Jankovich left for head coaching positions.
In his first season as a head coach at the University of North Texas, Jankovich took over a squad that had posted a 5-22 mark and recorded the second-biggest turnaround in the nation that year, advancing his team to the Southland Conference Tournament championship game. At UNT, he recorded the second-best record in school history and took his team to the Southland Conference Tournament championship game two out of three seasons. In his fourth season, the Eagles moved from the Southland to the Big West Conference. Jankovich also guided Hutchinson Community College, home of the NJCAA National Tournament, to back-to-back 20-win seasons, posting a 50-14 record and national rankings both seasons. At Vanderbilt, he played a key role in turning around a struggling program and helped lead the Commodores to two postseason appearances in three years. The core of Jankovich's recruited players at Vandy would later advance to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2004.
One of the winningest players in Kansas State history, Jankovich was a four-year starter at point guard (one year at Washington State and three years for legendary coach Jack Hartman at K-State). In each of his three seasons at K-State, the Wildcats were ranked in the Top 20 and posted three straight NCAA Tournament appearances. A 1981 Elite Eight appearance and a 1982 Sweet 16 berth highlighted his playing career.
A three-time Academic All-American and honorable mention All-Big Eight player, Jankovich left Kansas State with nine Top 10 season and career marks at KSU, including ranking first in assists per game, first in free throw percentage (91.7) and eighth in career field goal percentage (51.0). In addition, he holds the Big Eight Tournament record for single-game assists (14).
Jankovich graduated cum laude in 1982 with a 3.63 grade point average and received his master's degree in radio/television in 1985.
Tim and his wife, Cindy, reside in Lawrence and have a son, Michael.