Luke Yaklich, ISU basketball

Illinois State associate head basketball coach Luke Yaklich has been hired as an assistant coach at Michigan. Yaklich has been on ISU coach Dan Muller's staff the last four years.

NORMAL — Illinois State basketball coach Dan Muller will have to do a different kind of recruiting in a hurry.

Michigan reportedly has taken another ISU coach to join its staff. Redbird associate head coach Luke Yaklich is expected to be named an assistant coach with the Wolverines, according to Josh Henschke of The Michigan Insider.

Last week, ISU assistant coach DeAndre Haynes was reported to be headed to the Wolverines after being on the Redbird staff for two months. 

Michigan has not officially announced the hirings of Yaklich and Haynes. Schools typically do background checks before making anything official.

Neither Muller nor Yaklich would comment Monday.

Yaklich, 41, joined the ISU staff in July 2013 after serving for six years as coach at Joliet West and Joliet Township, compiling a 104-62 record. He also spent time as coach at LaSalle-Peru, where he graduated in 1994, and Sterling along with AAU experience as a coach for the Illinois Wolves and Joliet Pride.

Muller knew Yaklich well before hiring him. Yaklich was an ISU manager/student assistant from 1996-98 while Muller played his final two seasons with the Redbirds. ISU swept the Missouri Valley Conference regular season and tournament titles both years and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

Yaklich was an ISU assistant coach for three years before being promoted to associate head coach a year ago ahead of a historic 2016-17 season. ISU won a share of the MVC regular-season title for the first time since 1998 and set program records for overall victories (28), regular-season wins (25) and conference triumphs (17). The Redbirds lost in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament.

While serving as ISU's recruiting coordinator in his role as associate head coach, Yaklich also has been in charge of player academics.

Muller has now lost three coaches to the Big Ten Conference in the last four months. Dean Oliver, who was an ISU assistant for three years, left to become a Wisconsin assistant coach in April.

Haynes, a native of Detroit, was hired to replace Oliver in May after serving last year as an assistant at Toledo.

That leaves Brian Reese, who has spent one season as an ISU assistant coach, as the senior member of Muller's staff heading into the upcoming season.

Fall classes at ISU begin Aug. 21 with the first official practice usually around Oct. 1.

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