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John Beilein


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John Beilein
1975
Head Basketball Coach, Univ. of Michigan

Considered to be one of the best tactical basketball minds in the country, John Beilein has compiled a career coaching record of 673-403 (.625) with winning records in 30-of-35 seasons, placing him in the top 10 in victories among active Division I head coaches.

He has put together 18 20-win campaigns and has made 14 postseason appearances in 21 seasons as a Division I head coach. In just six seasons in Ann Arbor, Beilein has won 122 games, putting him fourth on Michigan's all-time wins list.

During the 2012-13 campaign, Beilein took the Michigan back to the pinnacle of college basketball as the program reached the Final Four for the first time in 20 years. Coaching in his first career Final Four, Beilein led U-M to a victory over Syracuse in the National Semifinals before falling to Louisville in the National Championship. The Wolverines finished the season with a 31-8 mark, tying a U-M single-season wins record, and a 12-6 record in Big Ten Conference play.

Guiding one of the youngest teams in the nation, Beilein and the Wolverines were ranked in the top-10 in the Associated Press poll for the entire season, reaching the No. 1 ranking on Jan. 28. U-M earned four victories over top-10 opponents, won the NIT Season Tip-Off, finished the season with a 17-1 home record and was the last team in the country to lose a game, not suffering its first defeat until Jan. 13.

Michigan led the country in both assist-to-turnover ratio (1.54) and fewest turnovers per game (9.4), while also ranking in the top 10 in fewest fouls per game (second, 12.7) and field goal percentage (seventh, 48.4 percent).

Trey Burke became the first player in U-M history to earn the Naismith, John R. Wooden, NABC National Player of the Year Awards and the second to ever win the Associated Press and Oscar Robertson National Player of the Year Awards, joining Cazzie Russell. Burke also earned the Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award and was named a consensus All-American. In addition, Tim Hardaway Jr. earned First Team All-Big Ten recognition, Glenn Robinson III claimed All-Big Ten honorable mention and Jordan Morgan was named to the Big Ten All-Defensive Team.

Beilein led U-M to its first Big Ten regular season championship in 26 seasons during his fifth season at the helm of the Wolverines, finishing with a 24-10 record, including a 13-5 mark in conference play. Beilein took the Wolverines to the NCAA Tournament for the third time in his tenure during the 2011-12 season, earning a No. 4 seed. By recording his third 20-win season at Michigan, Beilein became just the second U-M head coach, joining Steve Fisher, to win 20-plus games in three of his first five seasons in Ann Arbor.

The 2011-12 Wolverines were ranked in the national polls the entire campaign, peaking at No. 10 in the AP Poll during the final week of the regular season while playing the 11th-toughest strength of schedule in the country. The team finished with a 15-1 home mark, Michigan's best home record since the 1989-90 season, and earned three victories over top-10 teams, the most since 1992-93.

Under Beilein's tutelage, Burke earned co-Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors as well as CBSSports.com Second Team All-America recognition. Burke was also named to the All-Big Ten second team while Hardaway Jr. received All-Big Ten third team plaudits and Zack Novak was an All-Big Ten honorable mention recipient. Novak also became Michigan's sixth Academic All-American, its first since 1984.

During the 2010-11 season, his fourth at U-M, Beilein led the Wolverines to a 21-14 overall record, finishing 9-9 in the Big Ten and tied for fourth in the conference. Beilein coached his 1,000th career game during a 60-55 win over Illinois in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament.

Beilein challenged his team with a difficult schedule that finished the year ranked 16th-toughest in the nation. U-M played 24 games against the RPI top 100 and Beilein led the Wolverines to their first season sweep of in-state rival Michigan State since 1997. The Maize and Blue finished the season ranked fifth nationally in turnovers per game (10.0) and 14th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.37).

Darius Morris was tabbed as an All-Big Ten third team selection by both the coaches and media while Hardaway Jr. earned All-Big Ten honorable mention and was a unanimous Big Ten All-Freshman team honoree.

In 2009-10, Beilein led Michigan against a schedule that featured 14 games against NCAA Tournament foes and 18 against teams that played in the postseason. Close games were a staple of the season, as the Wolverines suffered nine losses by just seven points or less.

Among the highlights for the 2009-10 squad were a pair of victories over top-15 ranked opponents (Ohio State and Connecticut), as well as U-M's first back-to-back road victories in four seasons. The Maize and Blue also ranked in the top-10 nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.4) and turnovers per game (10.2).

DeShawn Sims and Manny Harris each earned All-Big Ten honors during the 2009-10 season. Sims was a second team choice by both the coaches and media, while Harris was a third team selection by the coaches and media. The pair was also named to the NABC District 7 Second Team. In addition, Harris was a top-20 finalist for the Bob Cousy Award as well as a midseason top-30 finalist for the John R. Wooden Award.

In his second season in Ann Arbor, Beilein guided the Maize and Blue back into the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 11 seasons, advancing to the second round following a first-round win over Clemson. Michigan's 21 victories during the 2008-09 campaign tied a school record for the largest single-season turnaround in program history.

Beilein's 2008-09 Wolverines achieved that success while playing one of the top schedules in the nation, one which included 19 games against NCAA Tournament teams. Michigan knocked off two top-five ranked teams, fourth-ranked UCLA and fourth-ranked Duke, marking the first time U-M had beaten two top-five teams in one season since 1986-87. The Wolverines went on to defeat two other nationally ranked teams with upset wins over No. 16 Purdue and No. 24 Clemson in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Wolverines achieved numerous milestones during the 2008-09 campaign, including setting school records for three-point field goals made (305), three-point field goals attempted (912) and team free throw percentage (.757). Under Beilein's guidance, Harris earned All-Big Ten first team honors and Sims was named to the All-Big Ten second team.

The building blocks for U-M's success in Beilein's second season were built during the 2007-08 campaign, Beilein's first at the helm, when a young Wolverine team played one of the toughest schedules in the country. U-M ultimately faced eight selections to the 2008 NCAA Tournament and 11 nationally-ranked opponents.

Beilein established a foundation for his program, starting three freshmen and two sophomores throughout the season and, as the year came to a close, saw his Wolverines improve. Half of the season's 10 total wins were won during the final 10-game stretch, including one in Big Ten Tournament action.

With a young core guiding U-M all season long, Beilein guided newcomer Harris to All-Big Ten second team and All-Freshman team honors. Harris, who started all 32 games, was just the fourth freshman in Michigan history to finish his first season with 500-plus points (516) while also setting the U-M freshman record for free throws made in a season with 156. Complimenting Harris were sophomores Sims, who Beilein also coached to All-Big Ten honorable mention honors, and Ekpe Udoh, who earned All-Defensive team honors as the Big Ten shot block leader for the second straight season.

Prior to coming to Ann Arbor, Beilein brought great success to West Virginia University. Under his direction, the Mountaineers earned four consecutive postseason berths, including two trips to the NCAA Sweet 16 and a trip to the Elite Eight in 2005. Beilein compiled a 104-60 record during his five years at West Virginia.

Beilein molded his players into winners. Kevin Pittsnogle was named to the John Wooden All-American team, becoming WVU's first men's basketball All-American since 1972. Johannes Herber was honored as the ESPN The Magazine CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year for men's basketball and Aeropostale Big East Men's Basketball Scholar Athlete, while Mike Gansey was one of the 10 finalists for the Oscar Robertson Award.

At Richmond, Beilein compiled a 100-53 (.654) record in his five seasons (1997-2002) with the Spiders, giving him the second highest winning percentage in the school's basketball history. He reached the century plateau faster than any coach in Richmond history. In 2001-02, Richmond finished with a 22-14 record in its first season in the Atlantic 10 Conference. The Spiders reached the finals of the conference championship and won three games in the NIT before falling to Syracuse in the quarterfinals. Richmond was second in the nation in fewest turnovers per game (10.3).

Prior to arriving at Richmond, Beilein spent five years as the head coach at Canisius (1992-1997). During his tenure with the Golden Griffins, Beilein led the team to three consecutive postseason appearances, including the 1996 NCAA tournament. His exploits in rebuilding the Canisius program earned him Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors as well as New York State Division I Coach of the Year accolades.

Before assuming the coaching responsibilities at Canisius, Beilein turned a once-dismal LeMoyne squad into a Division II contender during his nine seasons (1983-1992). In 1987-88, LeMoyne won a school-record 24 games, was crowned Mideast conference champions and earned a berth in the Division II tournament. Beilein served a one-year stint at Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y., from 1982-83, leading the program to a 20-6 record. He accepted his first collegiate head coaching position, in 1978, at Erie Community College in Buffalo, N.Y., posting a 75-43 record in four years. Beilein began his coaching career at Newfane Central High in Newfane, N.Y., for three years before heading to Erie CC.

Beilein played college basketball at Wheeling College (now Wheeling Jesuit University) from 1971-75 and served as team captain during his junior season. He received a bachelor's degree in history in 1975 and earned a master's degree in education from Niagara in 1981. In May of 2005, Beilein served as Wheeling Jesuit's commencement speaker while earning an honorary degree at the school's 47th commencement ceremonies.

A native of Burt, N.Y., he and his wife, Kathleen, have been married for 34 years. Together, they have one daughter, Seana, who married Ryan Hendricks in 2007, and three sons, Patrick, Mark and Andrew. The Beilein's have two grandchildren, Finley and Johnny



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