• Michigan's all-time winningest coach with 215 victories
  • Guided Michigan to seven 20-plus win seasons and seven trips to the NCAA Tournament in 10 seasons

John Beilein

The Michigan men’s basketball program strives for excellence. We seek high achievers who are determined to be both great students and great teammates. We are passionate about player development in our pursuit to consistently compete for championships and personal development as we aim to be Leaders and Best.


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 766-453 (.628) during his 39 years as a collegiate head coach. He has recorded 20-plus win seasons on 21 occasions and has finished with a winning record in 33 seasons, placing him in the top 10 for career victories among active Division I head coaches.

Beilein has 18 career postseason appearances -- 11 in the NCAA Division I Tournament, six in the NIT and one in the NCAA Division II Tournament. With the seven 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, '17).

In 10 seasons in Ann Arbor, Beilein has collected a program-record 215 victories. He has guided U-M to seven 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 seven times at U-M, including a nation's best in 2012-13 (9.4) and 2016-17 (9.2). 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 seven times in the last 10 seasons.

The Wolverines have claimed a pair of Big Ten regular-season crowns during Beilein's tenure. Michigan earned 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 getting 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.

In 2017, seeded eighth at the Big Ten Tournament, U-M found itself in the headlines before the tournament began after its plane ran off the runway and crashed, forcing the Wolverines to make the trip to Washington, D.C. on the morning of their conference tournament opener. Showing no ill effects from the travel, U-M easily dispatched No. 9 seed Illinois and used that momentum to win four games in four days, taking down No. 1 seed Purdue, No. 4 seed Minnesota and No. 2 seed Wisconsin along the way in becoming the lowest seed ever to win the Big Ten Tournament.

Beilein, who was the 2013 Big Ten Coach of the Year, has guided 12 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, '17), Zak Irvin (2016, '17) and Moritz Wagner (2017).

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 Player of the Year 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 seven Wolverines to the NBA Draft: Morris (2011, No. 41 by Los Angeles Lakers), Burke (2013, No. 9 by Minnesota Timberwolves then draft day trade to 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), Robinson III (2014, No. 40 by Minnesota Timberwolves) and Caris LeVert (2016, No. 20 by Indiana Pacers then draft day trade to Brooklyn Nets).

Recording a program-best seven 20-plus win seasons with U-M, Beilein tied the team record with 31 wins during the 2012-13 season. In what is one of the 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 contest.

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 33 of his 39 seasons
  • Never had back-to-back losing seasons in his coaching career.
  • Has 21 total 20-win campaigns
  • Has 18 career postseason appearances

Assistant Coaches

Saddi Washington

Assistant Coach

With nearly 10 years of college coaching experience, Saddi Washington begins his second season with the University of Michigan men’s basketball program.


In his first season with the Maize and Blue, Donlon helped the Wolverines produce the 28th 20-plus win season as U-M closed the year with a 26-12 final mark, winning 12 of its final 15 games, and advancing to the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16. In addition, following a plane crash prior takeoff for the 2017 Big Ten Tournament, the Wolverines rallied and won four games in four days, becoming the lowest seed (No. 8) in history to win the conference’s postseason event.


Washington came 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.