Reports: Beilein to hire Illinois State's Yaklich as an assistant
John Beilein’s assistant coaching search is apparently over and he found both replacements at the same destination.
According to multiple reports, Illinois State associate head coach Luke Yaklich has accepted an offer to join Michigan's staff. The news was first reported by The Michigan Insider’s Josh Henschke and The Athletic’s Brendan Quinn.
Yaklich’s hiring comes two days after Beilein reportedly hired Detroit native DeAndre Haynes, who had accepted an assistant coaching position at Illinois State in May.
Michigan has yet to confirm and formally announce the hiring of Yaklich and Haynes.
The duo would replace Billy Donlon and Jeff Meyer, who left to take assistant coaching jobs at Northwestern and Butler, respectively.
Yaklich served as an assistant coach for three seasons under Dan Muller at Illinois State before he was promoted to associate head coach prior to the 2016-17 season.
According to his Illinois State bio, Yaklich is described as “an Illinois State alum with invaluable Illinois high school and AAU ties.” He was also in charge of the team’s academics and assisted in recruiting, scouting and working on skill development.
A native of LaSalle, Illinois, Yaklich coached at the high school level for 14 years and was named the District 9 Illinois Basketball Coaches Association coach of the year in 2010.
Despite playing in the Missouri Valley Conference, Illinois State was one of the top defensive teams in the nation last season. The Redbirds ranked fifth in field-goal percentage defense (37.9 percent), seventh in scoring defense (61.3 points) and 19th in KenPom’s adjusted defensive efficiency.
If both hires become official, the Wolverines will only have to fill an opening at director of basketball operations after Waleed Samaha left the program after one season.