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.
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).
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.