March 27, 2014
BOSTON, Mass. -- University of Michigan men's basketball head coach John Beilein was named the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) District 7 Coach of the Year today (Thursday, March 27) after being selected as a finalist for Collegeinsiders.com's 2014 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year award on Wednesday (March 26). Beilein has already been named the Big Ten's Coach of the Year by the media and the USBWA District V Coach of the Year.
Beilein is one of 15 finalists for the 2014 Phelan Award; the other finalists are: Steve Alford (UCLA), Rick Barnes (Texas), Tony Bennett (Virginia), Ed Cooley (Providence), Billy Donovan (Florida), Steve Fisher (San Diego State), Danny Manning (Tulsa), Gregg Marshall (Wichita State), Sean Miller (Arizona), Greg McDermott (Creighton), Tim Miles (Nebraska), Craig Neal (New Mexico), Brad Underwood (Stephen F. Austin) and Jay Wright (Villanova).
Michigan enters this weekend with a 27-8 record and is making its second consecutive appearance in the Sweet 16. U-M is one of just five schools, along with Arizona, Florida, Louisville and Michigan State, to reach the Sweet 16 in each of the past two seasons. This season marks Beilein's fifth 20-plus win season in seven years at the helm in Ann Arbor; he recorded the 700th victory of his 36-year collegiate coaching career in Michigan's NCAA Tournament third-round win over Texas.
Despite losing Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. to the NBA, as well as preseason All-American Mitch McGary (Chesterton, Ind./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) to injury midway through the non-conference season, Beilein and the Wolverines the program's first outright Big Ten championship in 28 years, claiming the title by three games. The conference crown is Michigan's second in the last three years after U-M also earned a share in 2012.
Coaching the ninth-youngest team in the country, Beilein led U-M to wins over three straight top-10 opponents for the first time in school history with victories at No. 3 Wisconsin (77-70, Jan. 18), against No. 10 Iowa (75-67, Jan. 22) and at No. 3 Michigan (80-75, Jan. 25). The three-game stretch marked the first time any program has defeated three straight top-10 foes since Florida during the 2007 NCAA Tournament and the first time by a Big Ten school since Iowa during the 1986-87 season. Michigan's wins at Wisconsin and Michigan State marked the first time in school history that U-M had defeated a top-three ranked opponent on the road.
Under Beilein's guidance, sophomore guard Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada/St. Mark's School [Mass.]) earned the program's second straight Big Ten Player of the Year honor and also earned All-America first honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
Beilein has already been named the Big Ten's Coach of the Year by the media and the USBWA District V Coach of the Year. On March 20, he was also named one of five finalists for the Naismith Men's College Coach of the Year Award by the Atlanta Tip-Off Club.
On March 20, he was also named one of five finalists for the Naismith Men's College Coach of the Year Award by the Atlanta Tip-Off Club.
The winner of the 2014 Phelan Award will be announced at the CollegeInsider.com Awards Banquet on April 4 in Dallas, Texas.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423