Tim Jankovich
Current position
TitleHead coach
ConferenceThe American
Record101–54 (.652)
Biographical details
Born (1959-06-04) June 4, 1959 (age 62)
Gary, Indiana
Playing career
1977–1978Washington State
1979–1982Kansas State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1983–1984Texas–Pan American (GA)
1984–1986Kansas State (assistant)
1986–1987Texas (assistant)
1987–1991Colorado State (associate HC)
1991–1992Baylor (assistant)
1992–1993Oklahoma State (assistant)
1993–1997North Texas
1997–1999Hutchinson CC
1999–2002Vanderbilt (assistant)
2002–2003Illinois (assistant)
2003–2007Kansas (assistant)
2007–2012Illinois State
2012–2016SMU (associate HC)
Head coaching record
Overall258–175 (.596) (college)
Tournaments0–1 (NCAA Division I)
2–4 (NIT)
Accomplishments and honors
AAC regular season (2017)
AAC Tournament (2017)
AAC Coach of the Year (2017)
USBWA District 7 Coach of the Year (2017)

Timothy Robert Jankovich (born June 4, 1959)[1] is an American college basketball coach and head coach at Southern Methodist University. During his first year (2007–08) at Illinois State, Jankovich led the Redbirds to a 13–5 second-place finish in the Missouri Valley Conference – even though pre-season polls voted the team to be a fifth-place finisher.[2] He was an assistant basketball coach at Kansas for four years, and served under current Kansas head coach Bill Self at Kansas and Illinois.

He has also served as an assistant coach at Kansas State, Colorado State, Oklahoma State, Texas and Vanderbilt. He played college basketball at Washington State and Kansas State.

While at Colorado State, his teams posted three consecutive winning seasons en route to the best period of college basketball in school history. He also served for four years as the head basketball coach at North Texas. The team had gone 5–22 the previous season, but Jankovich engineered the second-largest turnaround in the nation that year.


At Kansas State, Jankovich remains one of the winningest players in school history, playing under coach Jack Hartman. He was a four-year starter at point guard, but played his freshman season at Washington State. 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 holds the Big Eight Tournament record for single-game assists (14).

On April 26, SMU announced Jankovich as its associate head coach and coach-in-waiting,[3] and was announced as head coach on July 8, 2016.[4] On March 7th 2017, Jankovich was selected as the coach of the year for USBWA district VII.[5] On March 9, 2017 he was named American Athletic Conference Coach of the year.[6]

Jankovich and his wife, Cindy, have a son, Michael. The family resides in Dallas, Texas.

Head coaching record


Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
North Texas Mean Green (Southland Conference) (1993–1996)
1993–94 North Texas 14–15 9–9 4th
1994–95 North Texas 14–13 9–9 4th
1995–96 North Texas 15–13 12–6 2nd
North Texas Mean Green (Big West Conference) (1996–1997)
1996–97 North Texas 10–16 5–11 5th (East)
North Texas: 53–57 (.482) 35–35 (.500)
Illinois State Redbirds (Missouri Valley Conference) (2007–2012)
2007–08 Illinois State 25–10 13–5 2nd NIT Second Round
2008–09 Illinois State 24–10 11–7 3rd NIT First Round
2009–10 Illinois State 22–11 11–7 3rd NIT First Round
2010–11 Illinois State 12–19 4–14 T–9th
2011–12 Illinois State 21–14 9–9 T–3rd NIT Second Round
Illinois State: 104–64 (.619) 48–42 (.533)
SMU Mustangs (American Athletic Conference) (2016–present)
2015–16 SMU 9–0[n 1] 0–0
2016–17 SMU 30–5 17–1 1st NCAA Division I Round of 64
2017–18 SMU 17–16 6–12 9th
2018–19 SMU 15–17 6–12 T–9th
2019–20 SMU 19–11 9–9 7th
2020–21 SMU 11–6 7–4 4th NIT First Round
SMU: 101–55 (.647) 45–38 (.542)
Total: 258–176 (.594)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Junior college

Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Hutchinson Blue Dragons (Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference) (1997–1999)
1997–98 Hutchinson 27–6 12–4 3rd
1998–99 Hutchinson 23–8 10–6 T–3rd
Hutchinson: 50–14 (.781) 22–8 (.733)
Total: 50–14 (.781)


  1. ^ Jankovich served as interim head coach during the first nine games of the 2015–16 season and is credited by SMU with those victories.


  1. ^ "NCAA® Career Statistics".
  2. ^ Elmquist, Jason (July 29, 2008). "Ex-KU assistant enjoys first year, Illinois State's Jankovich scouting Kansas AAU tourney". Lawrence Journal-World. Retrieved 2008-07-29.
  3. ^ "Tim Jankovich Named Men's Basketball Associate Head Coach". smumustangs.com. Retrieved 27 April 2012.
  4. ^ "Ex-ISU coach Jankovich named head coach at SMU". smumustangs.com. 8 July 2016. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  5. ^ "USBWA > News > 2016-17 Men's All-District Teams".
  6. ^ "SMU's Ojeleye Named Player, Scholar-Athlete of the Year as American Awards Announced".