May 8, 2012
Vanderbilt assistant coach Dan Muller has been named the head coach at Illinois State, his alma mater, in a release made by the school on Monday night. Muller takes over for Tim Jankovich, who left the Redbirds earlier this month to accept a position at SMU, to become the 19th head coach in the program's history.
Muller, who played for Kevin Stallings at Illinois State and later coached under Stallings for 12 seasons at Vanderbilt, is returning to a place where he experienced unprecedented success. Muller helped the Redbirds to two regular season and Missouri Valley Conference Tournament championships and four postseason appearances, including trips to the NCAA Tournament in his final two seasons. Ranked eighth in career scoring, Muller posted career marks in four categories, while helping ISU to a 91-36 record during his stay in Normal. He also was a two-time MVC Defensive Player of the Year and was named the MVP of the MVC Tournament as a senior.
Off the court, Muller was just as successful. He was a two-time GTE Academic All-American and a recipient of the NCAA's Post-Graduate Scholarship. He also was named a Bone Scholar, the highest academic honor at ISU.
“I am very happy for Dan for this opportunity,” said Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings. “He has spent a lot of time with me over the years as a player and a coach, and I’m very pleased that he gets to go back to where he was very successful. I know he will do very well, and he will experience the same excellence as a coach as he did as a player and a student at Illinois State.”