Luke Yaklich
Luke Yaklich

Position:
Assistant Coach

09/17/2013

Collins to Speak at ISU Men's Basketball Coaching Clinic

Spots to the clinic still remain, with online registration available.

07/19/2013

Yaklich Joins Illinois State Basketball Staff

Yaklich previously served as the head boy's basketball coach at Joliet Township High School.

An Illinois State alum with invaluable Illinois high school and AAU ties, along with more than a decade of head coaching experience joined the Redbird men's basketball program when ISU head coach Dan Muller announced the hiring of Luke Yaklich (pronounced YAUK-lich) as an assistant coach July 19, 2013.

Yaklich previously served as the head boy's basketball coach at Joliet Township High School in Joliet, Ill., for the past six seasons (three in the combined Joliet Township program and three at Joliet West), and also as a coach for the Joliet Pride and Illinois Wolves AAU teams. In total, Yaklich worked as a high school head coach and teacher for 14 years.

Yaklich and Muller first teamed up as students at Illinois State beginning in 1996. Yaklich served as the men's basketball manager/student assistant from 1996-98 while Muller played his final two seasons. Yaklich did his part in helping ISU to two regular season and Missouri Valley Conference Tournament titles, including trips to the NCAA Tournament in 1997 and 1998.

As a high school coach, Yaklich most recently led Joliet West to the IHSA Class 4A Lockport Regional title. The Tigers finished the season with a 19-8 record, ending in the sectional semifinals. He also led the 2009-10 Joliet Township team to a 24-8 mark and the Homewood-Flossmoor Sectional Championship.

For his efforts, Yaklich was named 2010 District 9 Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) Coach of the Year. He compiled a 104-62 (.635) record at Joliet. Before that, Yaklich served as the head boy's basketball coach at LaSalle-Peru Township High School from 2003-07. He also presided as the Sterling High School head boy's basketball coach from 2000-03 and the head girl's basketball coach at LaSalle-Peru from 1999-2000.

A 1994 graduate of LaSalle-Peru High School, Yaklich played his high school basketball for the Cavaliers. Yaklich graduated from Illinois State in 1998 and later earned two master's degrees from Olivet Nazarene.

After teaching high school - primarily U.S. History - in addition to coaching, Yaklich is now in charge of ISU men's basketball academics along with recruiting, scouting and working on skill development.

Yaklich is married to Amy Yaklich, and the couple has three children: Olivia, Griffin and Taylor.