• Recorded 740 career victories in 38 years as a head coach
  • Guided Michigan to six 20-plus win seasons

John Beilein

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Coach Bio

Considered to be one of the best tactical basketball minds in the country, John Beilein has continued to be an innovator in college basketball during his four decades patrolling the sidelines.

Beilein has compiled a career record of 740-441 (.626) during his 38 years as a collegiate head coach. He has recorded 20-plus win seasons on 20 occasions and has finished with a winning record in 32-of-38 seasons, placing him in the top 10 for career victories among active Division I head coaches.

Beilein has 17 career postseason appearances -- nine in the Division I NCAA Tournament, six in the NIT and one in the Division II NCAA Tournament. With the half dozen trips to the Big Dance with U-M, Beilein is one of 12 coaches to have taken four different schools to the NCAA Tournament -- Canisius (1996), Richmond (1998), West Virginia (2005, '06) and Michigan (2009, '11, '12, '13, '14, '16).

In nine seasons in Ann Arbor, Beilein has collected 189 victories, placing him third on Michigan's all-time wins list -- just 20 away from the all-time program record. He has guided U-M to six NCAA Tournament appearances, including helping the Wolverines make their return after an 11-year NCAA Tournament absence as well as a trip to the Final Four in 2013 following a 20-year wait.

Under Beilein, the Maize and Blue have been one of the nation's elite programs when it comes to sharing the basketball and limiting turnovers, ranking in the top 10 nationally in fewest turnovers six times at U-M, including a nation's best in 2012-13 (9.4). In addition, U-M has been among the nation's best for fewest fouls, leading the nation in 2013-14 (14.2) and finishing in the top-10 six times in the last nine seasons.

The Wolverines added a pair of Big Ten regular-season crowns during Beilein's tenure. Michigan claimed a share of the 2012 Big Ten regular-season title with a 13-5 record -- the first for the program since 1986. The Wolverines just missed claiming a share of the 2013 conference title after a last second loss in the regular season finale, however, U-M won the program's first outright Big Ten crown in 28 years in 2014 with a 15-3 record, winning the league by three games.

Beilein, who was the 2013 Big Ten Coach of the Year, has guided 11 Wolverines to All-Big Ten honors -- Manny Harris (2008, '09, '10), DeShawn Sims (2008, '09, '10), Darius Morris (2011), Tim Hardaway Jr. (2011, '12, '13), Zack Novak (2012), Trey Burke (2012, '13), Glenn Robinson III (2013, '14), Nik Stauskas (2014), Caris LeVert (2014), Derrick Walton Jr. (2016) and Zak Irvin (2016).

Adding to his all-conference list of Wolverines, Beilein coached Burke to 2012 Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors and 2013 Big Ten Player of the Year accolades the following season. Stauskas gave U-M back-to-back POY recipients as he garnered the conference's top honor in 2014.

Nationally, Burke went on to become just the second Wolverine in program history to be awarded consensus National Player of the Year and All-America honors in 2013, joining U-M legend Cazzie Russell. Adding to his national recognition, Burke claimed the John R. Wooden Award, the Oscar Robertson Award, the Naismith Trophy and the Bob Cousy Award for the nation's top point guard. Once again, Stauskas followed Burke's lead the following season, earning All-America honors.

Overall Beilein has helped mentor six Wolverines to the NBA Draft: Morris (2011, No. 41 by Los Angeles Lakers), Burke (2013, No. 9 by Utah Jazz), Hardaway (2013, No. 24 by New York Knicks), Stauskas (2014, No. 8 by Sacramento Kings), Mitch McGary (2014, No. 21 by Oklahoma City Thunder) and Robinson III (2014, No. 40 by Minnesota Timberwolves).

Recording six 20-plus win seasons with U-M, Beilein tied the program record with 31 wins during the 2012-13 season. In what is one of his finest seasons of his career, the 2013 Wolverines finished as the national runner-up after reaching the NCAA Final Four and title game for the first time in 20 years. Using a dramatic overtime comeback win over Kansas in the Sweet 16, U-M made a dash to the championship game with a semifinal win over Syracuse before falling to Louisville in the national championship game.

Fun Fact

John Beilein has always been a head coach, never serving as an assistant.

Career Highlights

  • One of 12 coaches to have taken four Division I teams to the NCAA Tournament.
  • Compiled winning records in 32 of his 38seasons
  • Never had back-to-back losing seasons in his coaching career.
  • Has 20 total 20-win campaigns
  • Has 17 career postseason appearances
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Assistant Coaches

Jeff Meyer

Assistant Coach

Jeff Meyer completed his 37th season as a collegiate coach in 2015-16 and his nine overall with the University of Michigan basketball program.

 

Throughout his career, Meyer has consistently been a proven winner amassing 709 career wins with 14 trips to the NCAA Tournament. He has been instrumental in helping U-M return to the national stage as the Maize and Blue has averaged nearly 20 wins per season (179 victories).

 

Throughout the nine seasons in Ann Arbor, Meyer has been influential in guiding the Wolverine program to six NCAA Tournament bids (2009, ’11, ’12, ’13, ’14 & ’16), including a 2013 trip to the Final Four and national title game — the first for the program in 20 years. The Wolverines made it back-to-back Elite Eight appearances as U-M returned in 2014 and were eliminated in the regional final on a last second shot.

 

Michigan claimed a share of the 2012 Big Ten regular-season title with a 13-5 record — the first for the program since 1986. The Wolverines just missed claiming a share of the 2013 conference title after a last second loss in the regular season finale, but won their first outright Big Ten title in 28 years in 2014 with a 15-3 record, winning the league by three games.

 

Meyer assisted 10 Wolverine to All-Big Ten honors — Manny Harris (2009, ’10), DeShawn Sims (2009, ’10), Darius Morris (2011), Trey Burke (2012 & ’13), Tim Hardaway Jr. (2012 & ’13), Nik Stauskas (2014), Caris LeVert (2014), Derrick Walton Jr. (2016) and Zak Irvin (2016). The Wolverines also had back-to-back Big Ten Player of the Years with Burke in 2013 and Stauskas in 2014. In addition, Burke went on to earn consensus National Player of the Year and All-America honors in 2013.

 

Billy Donlan

Assistant Coach

With nearly 20 years of college coaching experience, Billy Donlon begins his first season with the University of Michigan men’s basketball programs.

 

Donlon comes to U-M after spending the last decade at Wright State University, including the final six years as the program’s head coach. In those six seasons (2010-16), Donlon compiled a 109-94 record with three 20-plus win seasons and helped the Raiders reach the Horizon League Tournament title game three times (2013, ’14, ’16). In addition, Donlon’s squads tied the program marks for wins with 23 in 2013 and conference wins with 13 in 2016.

 

After his 2013 squad was picked to finished last in the preseason, Donlon went on to be named the Horizon League’s Coach of the Year. He guided the Raiders to a 10-win improvement, tying the school record with 23 wins, the No. 3 seed and a championship game appearance in the Horizon League Tournament as well as a semifinal appearance in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI). He was also named a finalist for the Skip Prosser Man of the Year Award and the Hugh Durham Coach of the Year Award given to the nation’s top mid-major coach.

 

During his tenure, he coached five players to All-Horizon League honors — Vaughn Duggins (2011, 1st), N’Gai Evans (2011, 2nd), Julius Mays (2012, 2nd), Cole Darling (2013, 2nd) and A.J. Pacher (2014, 2nd). In 2012, Mays was also named the Horizon Newcomer of the Year and was a member of the All-Newcomer Team.

 

Known for his defensive strategies, Wright State’s defense ranked as high as 16th nationally in 2013, and he had two players selected as the Horizon League All-Defensive Team — Matt Vest (2014) and Joe Thomasson (2016).

Saddi Washington

Assistant Coach

With nearly 10 years of college coaching experience, Saddi Washington begins his first season with the University of Michigan men’s basketball program. Washington comes to Ann Arbor after spending the last decade as a member of the Oakland University coaching staff (2006-16). Following seven years as an assistant, he served as the associate head coach under Greg Kampe the last three seasons.

 

During his 10 years with Oakland, he helped the Golden Grizzlies to 198 wins, with five 20-plus win seasons. Oakland made back-to-back trips to the NCAA Tournament (2010, ’11) after winning two straight Summit League regular season and conference tournament titles. In addition, Washington helped Oakland to four CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament’s (CIT) and a trip to the inaugural Vegas 16 Tournament in 2016.

 

Washington has a reputation for developing some of the top mid-major players in the country. Five players have led the country in a statistical category, beginning with Johnathon Jones in 2009 when he dished out 8.1 assists per game to lead the NCAA. Jones went on to set the all-time league record with 819 assists and twice earn Mid-Major All-America and All-Summit League first team honors.

 

Reggie Hamilton, a two-time All-Summit League selection and a Mid-Major All-American, followed in 2012 by producing an NCAA-best 26.2 points per game, becoming the first Summit League player to lead the country in scoring. The following season, Travis Bader made a Summit League record 139 three-pointers in 2013 to lead the nation. Also in 2013, Duke Mondy led the NCAA with 3.03 steals per game, breaking the school record with 100 in 2012-13. Bader and Mondy were the first tandem to lead the NCAA in a category inside the Summit League. Bader closed his career with an NCAA record 504 three-pointers made and was a two-time mid-major All-American.

 

Most recently, Kay Felder led the nation in assists at 9.3 per game in 2016 while also ranking fourth in scoring at 24.4 points per game. An AP All-America third team selection, Felder broke the Horizon League’s all-time assist record (788) and finished his three-year career ninth on Oakland’s all-time scoring list (1,765). After working most of his career with the guards, Washington transitioned to primarily coaching the post players during the 2015-16 and helped forward Jalen Hayes to All-Horizon League second team honors.