Kornacki: Men's Hoops Assistant Washington in Familiar Territory
With over a decade 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.
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.
Before starting his collegiate career with Oakland, Washington served as a volunteer assistant coach at MHSAA powerhouse Romulus High School (2005) under current Buffalo head coach Nate Oats.
Washington brings plenty of playing experience with seven years of professional competition. He was the No. 1-overall draft pick in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) in 1998 by the Grand Rapids Hoops and has played overseas in Italy, France, Greece and Israel. In 2001 he was a member of the Detroit Dogs of the ABA that won the league's inaugural championship.
A 1998 graduate of Western Michigan with a BBA degree, double majoring in business management and marketing, Washington was inducted into his alma mater's Hall of Fame in the fall 2010. In 1994 he was named to the Mid-American Conference (MAC) All-Freshman Team after averaging 14.0 points per game. A two-time All-MAC selection, he was a first team pick after his senior season in 1998 after scoring 626 points, averaging 21.6 per game. He helped lead the Broncos to the NCAA Tournament, where the Broncos upset Clemson in the first round.
A native of Lansing, Mich., Washington attended Sexton High School, where he was a four-year letterwinner in basketball and track, receiving all-state recognition in both sports in 1993. He and his wife, Channon, have two children -- daughter, Sidney, and son, Caleb.
The Saddi Washington File
Born: July 30, 1975
Hometown: Lansing, Mich.
High School: Sexton High School, 1994
College: Western Michigan, 1998 (BBA, Business Management & Marketing, double major)
Children: daughter, Sidney, and son, Caleb
|2005-06||Romulus High School||Volunteer Assistant Coach|
|2006-13||Oakland University||Assistant Coach|
|2013-16||Oakland University||Associate Head Coach|
|2016-present||University of Michigan||Assistant Coach|
Coaching Career Breakdown
|Year||School||Record||Conf.||Finish||Postseason||2005-06||Romulus High School||18-8||8-4||4th||-|
|2007-08||Oakland||17-14||11-7||t-3rd||-||2008-09||Oakland||23-13||13-5||3rd||CIT, Quarterfinal||2009-10||Oakland||26-9||17-1||1st||NCAA, First Round||2010-11||Oakland||25-10||17-1||1st||NCAA, Second Round||2011-12||Oakland||20-16||11-7||3rd||CIT, Semifinal||2012-13||Oakland||16-17||10-6||3rd||CIT, First Round||2013-14||Oakland||13-20||7-9||t-5th||-||2014-15||Oakland||16-17||11-5||t-3rd||CIT, First Round||2015-16||Oakland||23-12||13-5||t-2nd||Vegas 16, Runner-up||2016-17||Michigan||26-12||10-8||t-5th||NCAA, Sweet 16|