June 1, 2006
ORLANDO - UCF men's basketball head coach Kirk Speraw announced on Thursday that Mike Jaskulski has joined the Golden Knights' staff as an associate head coach. Jaskulski, who spent the last four years at Florida State, brings nearly 30 years of collegiate coaching experience to the UCF staff.
He fills the vacancy created when Tom Schuberth departed for a head coaching position at Texas-Pan American.
Jaskulski comes to UCF after eight years as an assistant coach in the BIG EAST and the ACC - two of the top leagues in the nation. A top recruiter, he has helped his teams to four trips to the postseason since 1994-95. This past season, Florida State posted a 20-win season and earned an invitation to the postseason National Invitation Tournament.
"We are fortunate to be able to attract someone with Mike's background and reputation to our program," said Speraw. "This makes a huge statement about the direction of our basketball program. Mike has recruited and coached in two of the top conferences in the country and has valuable head coaching experience. He is a great recruiter and is a very good teacher of the game of basketball."
While at Florida State, Jaskulski helped the Seminoles land the nation's top-rated recruiting class in 2003. With Jaskulski on the staff, Florida State defeated eight nationally-ranked teams.
"This gives me an opportunity to join an ambitious institution and athletic program that seeks to be one of the nation's best," said Jaskulski.
"With UCF's move to Conference USA and the opening of the new convocation center in 2007, it certainly speaks to the direction that the program is headed under new Director of Athletics Keith Tribble and Kirk Speraw."
Jaskulski was a member of Miami's staff from 1993-97. During that span, the Hurricanes made two trips to the postseason NIT and advanced to the quarterfinal round of the BIG EAST Championship on three occasions. Miami's NIT appearance in 1995 was the school's first trip to the postseason in 31 years.
Jaskulski assisted in recruiting and mentoring some of the best players in Miami history, including All-America selection Tim James and two-time All-BIG EAST pick Johnny Hemsley.
A 1976 graduate of St. Norbert College in Wisconsin, Jaskulski has spent eight years as a head coach. He was the head coach at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa from 1984-88 and recorded a 62-48 overall record, including a 19-10 mark in 1984-85. Jaskulski served as the head coach at Towson from 1997-01.
Before his time at Miami, Jaskulski spent five years as an assistant coach at Maine, helping build the Black Bears into one of the premier programs in the America East Conference. From 1988-93, Maine won 32 conference games and advanced to the league title game in 1991.
Jaskulski began his collegiate coaching career as an assistant at his alma mater. He worked at St. Norbert from 1976-82 and then served for two years as an assistant at Loras.
UCF is entering its second season in Conference USA. In 2005-06, the Golden Knights posted a 14-15 overall record. Dating back to the start of the 2002-03 campaign, UCF has won 84 games, which ranks 39th nationally and second in the state of Florida during that span.