John Beilein
John  Beilein

Head Coach


Michigan Agrees to Extend Beilein's Contract through 2020-21

Michigan Agrees to Extend Beilein's Contract through 2020-21


Beilein Receives Bob Frederick Sportsmanship Award

Beilein Receives Bob Frederick Sportsmanship Award


Beilein Named Finalist for Naismith Coach of the Year Award

Beilein Named Finalist for Men's Hoops Coach of the Year Award


Wolverines Ink Four Recruits During Early NLI Signing Period

Men's Hoops Inks Four Recruits During Early NLI Signing Period


Wolverines Announce 2013-14 Non-Conference Schedule

Men's Hoops Announces 2013-14 Non-Conference Schedule


Xavier vs. Michigan

Michigan hosts the Musketeers.


Men's Basketball vs. Coppin State

December 22, 2014


Michigan Shootaround - AP Photos

Michigan practices for an NCAA college basketball tournament game against Ohio.

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 racked up 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.

Prior to coming to Ann Arbor, Beilein brought great success to the West Virginia men's basketball program for five seasons. Under his direction, the Mountaineers compiled a record of 104-60 and earned four consecutive postseason berths, including two straight Sweet 16 appearances in 2005 and 2006. During the Mountaineers' 2005 NCAA Tournament run, West Virginia advanced to the Elite Eight for the first time in 42 years and for the first time in Beilein's coaching career.

After just missing out on an NCAA Tournament bid in 2007, Beilein's Mountaineers were given the No. 1 seed in the NIT. Following three wins, West Virginia advanced to its first NIT semifinal appearance in 26 years (1981). A Darris Nichols game-winning three-pointer as time expired against Mississippi State sent West Virginia to the championship game. Two days later Frank Young's 24 points and Da'Sean Butler's 20 points off the bench helped the Mountaineers win the university's second NIT crown over Clemson.

During his time in Morgantown, Beilein coached three players who reached 1,000 career points including his son, Patrick, who finished with 1,001. Beilein mentored Kevin Pittsnogle, who finished with 1,708 career points, to the 2006 John Wooden All-American team, becoming WVU's first men's basketball All-American since 1972. In addition, Johannes Herber was honored as the ESPN/CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year for men's basketball and a Big East Men's Basketball Scholar Athlete in 2006, while Mike Gansey was one of the 10 finalists for the Oscar Robertson Award.

Beilein spent five seasons at Richmond (1997-2002) and closed with a 100-53 (.654) record, giving him the second highest winning percentage in the school's basketball history. In fact, he reached the century win mark faster than any coach in Richmond history. After three straight third place Colonial Athletic Association finishes, Beilein guided the Spiders to the league title in what would be Richmond's final season in the CAA (2000-01). Not being allowed to participate in the conference tournament due to an impending move to Atlantic 10, Richmond earned bid to the NIT and advanced to the second round.

In its first season in the Atlantic 10 (2001-02), Richmond finished with a 22-14 record, was the league runner-up and reached the finals of the conference championship. The Spiders went on to win three games in the NIT before falling to Syracuse in the quarterfinals.

Prior to arriving at Richmond, Beilein spent five years at Canisius (1992-97), guiding the Golden Griffins to the 1994 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) title and three consecutive postseason appearances, including the 1995 NIT semifinal and the 1996 NCAA Tournament. His exploits in rebuilding the Canisius program earned him 1994 MAAC 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 Le Moyne squad into a Division II contender during his nine seasons (1983-92). In 1987-88, Le Moyne won a school-record 24 games, was crowned Mideast Conference champions and earned a berth in the Division II Tournament. Beilein's tenure at Le Moyne was preceded by one-year stint at Nazareth College in Rochester, New York, from 1982-83, leading the program to a 20-6 record.

Beilein started his coaching career at Newfane High School in Newfane, New York. He coached the junior varsity for two seasons sporting a 27-9 record before moving to the varsity coach in 1977 guiding the program to a 13-6 record -- the first winning season in eight years. He accepted his first collegiate head coaching position at Erie Community College in Buffalo, New York In four seasons on the sidelines, he posted a 75-43 record.

Collegiately, Beilein played four seasons (1971-75) at Wheeling College (now Wheeling Jesuit University) serving as team captain during his junior season. He received a bachelor's degree in history from Wheeling before earning a master's degree in education from Niagara in 1981.

Beilein represented USA Basketball as a court coach at the 2009 team trials for the Under-19 World Championship and as an assistant coach under Bob McKillop (Davidson) for the 2013 World University Games in Kazan, Russia.

In May of 2005, Beilein returned to his alma mater as Wheeling Jesuit's commencement speaker as he was presented with an honorary degree at the school's 47th commencement ceremonies. In 2015, he was inducted into the university's Hall of Fame.

A native of Burt, New York, Beilein and his wife of 37 years, Kathleen, have four children together -- daughter, Seana (Hendricks) and three sons, Patrick, Mark and Andrew. The Beilein's have three grandchildren -- Finley, Johnny and Charlie.

The John Beilein File

Born: February 5, 1953
Hometown: Burt, N.Y.
High School: DeSales Catholic (Lockport, N.Y.)
College: Wheeling Jesuit, 1975 (B.A. History), Niagara, 1981 (M.S. Education)
Wife: Kathleen (37 years)
Children:: Seana (Hendricks), Patrick, Mark, Andrew
Grandchildren: Finley Rose, Johnny and Charlie
Pronunciation: "Bee-Line"

Career Résumé

Years School Position
1975-78 Newfane High School JV & V Head Coach
1978-82 Erie Community College Head Coach
1982-83 Nazareth College Head Coach
1983-92 LeMoyne College Head Coach
1992-97 Canisius College Head Coach
1997-2002 University of Richmond Head Coach
2002-07 West Virginia University Head Coach
2007-present University of Michigan Head Coach

Career Breakdown

Year School Record Conf. Finish Postseason
1975-76 Newfane HS (JV) 12-6 - - -
1976-77 Newfane HS (JV) 15-3 - - -
1977-789 Newfane HS (V) 13-6 - - -
1978-79 Erie CC 20-15 - - -
1979-80 Eric CC 17-8 - - -
1980-81 Erie CC 21-8 - - -
1981-82 Erie CC 17-12 - - -
1982-83 Nazareth 20-6 - - -
1983-84 LeMoyne 20-8 5-0 - -
1984-85 LeMoyne 19-10 4-6 - -
1985-86 LeMoyne 14-15 5-7 - -
1986-87 LeMoyne 20-10 8-4 - -
1987-88 LeMoyne 24-6 10-2 - NCAA, Division II
1988-89 LeMoyne 15-12 6-6 - -
1989-90 LeMoyne 17-12 5-7 - -
1990-91 LeMoyne 19-10 6-4 - -
1991-92 LeMoyne 15-11 - - -
1992-93 Canisius 10-18 5-9 6th -
1993-94 Canisius 22-7 12-2 1st NIT, First Round
1994-95 Canisius 21-14 10-4 2nd NIT, Semifinal
1995-96 Canisius 19-11 7-7 5th NCAA, First Round
1996-97 Canisius 17-12 10-4 t-2nd -
1997-98 Richmond 23-8 12-4 3rd NCAA, Second Round
1998-99 Richmond 15-12 10-6 3rd -
1999-2000 Richmond 18-12 11-5 3rd -
2000-01 Richmond 22-7 12-4 1st NIT, Second Round
2001-02 Richmond 22-14 11-5 2nd NIT, Quarterfinal
2002-03 West Virginia 14-15 5-11 6th (West) -
2003-04 West Virginia 17-14 7-9 t-8th NIT, Second Round
2004-05 West Virginia 24-11 8-8 t-7th NCAA, Elite Eight
2005-06 West Virginia 22-11 11-5 3rd NCAA, Sweet 16
2006-07 West Virginia 27-9 9-7 t-7th NIT, Champions
2007-08 Michigan 10-22 5-13 9th -
2008-09 Michigan 21-14 9-9 t-7th NCAA, Second Round
2009-10 Michigan 15-17 7-11 t-7th -
2010-11 Michigan 21-14 9-9 t-4th NCAA, Second Round
2011-12 Michigan 24-10 13-5 t-1st NCAA, First Round
2012-13 Michigan 31-8 12-6 t-4th NCAA, National Runner-up
2013-14 Michigan 28-9 15-3 1st NCAA, Elite Eight
2014-15 Michigan 16-16 8-10 9th --
2015-16 Michigan 23-13 10-8 8th NCAA, First Four & First Round
College Career 740-441 277-200
Career Total 780-456

Career Record

Years School Overall Conference Seasons
1975-78 Newfane HS 40-15 - 3
1978-82 Eric C.C. 75-43 - 4
1982-83 Nazareth 20-6 - 1
1983-92 LeMoyne 163-94 - 9
1992-97 Canisius 89-62 44-26 5
1997-2002 Richmond 100-53 56-24 5
2002-07 West Virginia 104-60 40-40 5
2007-pres. Michigan 189-123 88-74 9
College Career 740-441 277-200 38
Career Totals 780-456 41

Career Postseason

Tournament Years
NCAA Tournament (11) 1988 (DII), 1996, 1998, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016
NCAA DI Tournament (10) 1996, 1998, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016
NCAA DII Tournament (1) 1988
NCAA First Four (1) 2016
NCAA First Round (10) 1996, 1998, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016
NCAA Second Round (7) 1998, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014
NCAA Sweet 16 (4) 2005, 2006, 2013, 2014
NCAA Elite Eight (3) 2005, 2013, 2014
NCAA Final Four (1) 2013
NCAA Title Game (1) 2013
NIT (6) 1994, 1995, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2007
NIT Championships (1) 2007

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