Illinois St. hires Dan Muller

Illinois State has hired Vanderbilt assistant and former Redbird player Dan Muller to replace Tim Jankovich as its men's basketball coach.

The school announced that it will hold a 5 p.m. news conference on Tuesday to introduce Muller as the program's 19th coach.

Jankovich left the Redbirds to be the coach in waiting under Larry Brown at SMU. The Redbirds, who played in the Missouri Valley final last March, are expected to challenge Creighton for the league title next season.

Muller beat out current Illinois State assistant Rob Judson and Gonzaga assistant Ray Giacoletti for the job.

Muller played at Illinois State under current Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stalling from 1995-98 and has been part of his staff in Nashville, Tenn., since 2000.

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.