NORMAL – Rob Judson is leaving the Illinois State basketball program after six seasons, announcing Friday he has resigned as an assistant coach to “pursue new professional opportunities.”

A former head coach at Northern Illinois, Judson came to ISU in 2007 and coached five years under Tim Jankovich and this past season on the staff of Dan Muller.

“My thanks go to all the people I have worked with in Redbird Athletics and on campus during my six years here at Illinois State,” Judson said in a university release.

Judson will receive a $175,000 buyout of his contract. His departure, which is effective immediately, creates an opening on Muller’s staff.

“I want to thank Rob for his commitment and contributions to our program this year, and over the past six years,” Muller said. “I enjoyed our year together and wish him nothing but the best moving forward.”

ISU was 122-79 in Judson’s tenure, making four National Invitation Tournament appearances.

He was a finalist with Muller for the head coaching job in 2012 after Jankovich left to become associate coach/head coach in waiting at Southern Methodist.

Prior to the search, ISU announced Judson would be part of the new staff no matter who was hired as head coach.

His stint as head coach at Northern Illinois from 2001-2007 included a Mid-American Conference West Division championship.

Judson also was an assistant coach at his alma mater, Illinois, from 1996-2001; at Bradley from 1991-96; and at NIU from 1989-91.

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