April 5, 2011
DEKALB, Ill. - Northern Illinois men's basketball head coach Mark Montgomery announced today the addition of Jon Borovich as an assistant coach with the Huskie program. Borovich comes to NIU from the University of Dayton, where he also worked as an assistant coach.
"I have known Jon going back to when he was a player for me at Central Michigan, helping us win a MAC Championship," said Montgomery. "He is an outstanding coach and has a terrific knowledge of the game. Jon brings great energy to our staff and is committed to making student-athletes better in all aspects of life. He is an extremely caring person, has great character and I am very excited to have him join our program."
Borovich has been an assistant coach at Dayton for the last four seasons, helping the Flyers advance to postseason play each year. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Michigan State from 2001-03. Borovich then spent two seasons, 2003-05, at Dayton as the Director of Basketball Operations. After working as an assistant coach at Oakland University for two years from 2005-07, Borovich returned to Dayton in 2007 in an assistant coaching role.
"I am very excited to be a part of Coach Montgomery's staff and a member of the Huskie family," said Borovich. "As a former student-athlete who played for Coach Monty at Central Michigan, I believe in his vision and his desire to build a championship program. It's a great day to be a Huskie!"
In his first season as an assistant coach with the Flyers, 2007-08, Dayton started the season 14-1 and climbed to No. 14 in the Associated Press poll, the highest ranking for the program in 40 years. The next season, Dayton was again nationally-ranked and finished with a 27-8 record, including a trip to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
In 2009-10, Borovich helped the Flyers win 25 games and the NIT Championship, the first NIT crown for the program since 1968. This past season, Dayton finished with a 22-14 mark, reaching the championship game of the Atlantic 10 Tournament and advancing to the NIT.
During his two seasons at Oakland, the Golden Grizzlies won 30 games. In Borovich's second year, Oakland compiled a 19-14 mark, the most wins for the school since joining Division I in 1997. Borovich helped the Golden Grizzlies recruit a class that, as juniors and seniors, went 34-2 in the Summit League and appeared in back-to-back NCAA Tournaments.
A native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Borovich assisted in video analysis as a graduate assistant at Michigan State while completing his master's degree in athletics administration. He then followed Michigan State assistant coach Brian Gregory to Dayton, where he was the Director of Basketball Operations for two seasons. In his first year, the Flyers won the Maui Invitational, reached the NCAA Tournament and finished with a 24-9 overall record.
Borovich played collegiately at Central Michigan from 1997-2001, while Montgomery was working as an assistant coach for the Chippewas. As a senior, Borovich was a part of CMU's Mid-American Conference championship team that finished with 20 wins, the most for the school since the 1986-87 season.
He earned his bachelor's degree in sports studies from Central Michigan in 2001, with a double minor in psychology and coaching. Borovich was a team captain for the Chippewas as a junior and senior while also earning Academic All-MAC honors as a senior.