U-M Selects Beilein to Guide Men's Basketball Program

Press Conference (April 4): Quotes | Photos
First Practice (April 4): Photos

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan director of athletics Bill Martin announced Tuesday (April 3) that John Beilein has signed a multi-year contract to coach the University of Michigan men's basketball team. Beilein becomes the 16th coach in the program's 90-year history.


"I am very pleased to announce John Beilein as our new head coach for the men's basketball program," said Martin. "He is an individual with a great knowledge of the game. He is a proven winner. He is an extraordinary teacher of the game. He is a great basketball coach. We welcome John and his family to Michigan."

"This is an exciting opportunity for me and my family to join the University of Michigan basketball program," said Beilein. "I look forward to the challenges that lie ahead and getting to know the University and Ann Arbor community. I am anxious to meet the team, visit with the recruits and all the Wolverine basketball alumni and fans. This is a great opportunity to build Michigan as one of the elite programs in the country."

Beilein will be introduced to the media at a noon EDT press conference Wednesday, April 4. Live video of the press conference will be available free through Michigan All-Access (registration is required) and will be archived for on-demand viewing. A Mac-friendly Quicktime stream of the live press conference also will be available.

Beilein, 54, has amassed a 551-318 career record in his 29 years as a collegiate head coach. He has produced 26 winning seasons and 14 20-win campaigns at four different levels: junior college, NAIA, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division I.

Beilein has taken 10 different teams to a postseason tournament -- four NCAA and six NIT. He has compiled a 20-10 all-time record during postseason play and is 6-4 in NCAA play with two Sweet 16 appearances (2005, '06) and an Elite Eight appearance (2005). He is 14-6 in NIT play, winning the 2007 NIT crown with West Virginia.

Beilein arrives at Michigan after serving as head coach at West Virginia for the past five seasons (2003-07). He compiled a 104-60 record at the helm of the Mountaineers, posting three straight 20-win seasons in his final three years. He has made four straight postseason appearances with West Virginia, including an Elite Eight appearance in 2005 followed by a Sweet Sixteen appearance in 2006. Most recently, Beilein's Mountaineers won the 2007 NIT title with a 78-73 win over Clemson at Madison Square Garden. It marked the first NIT championship for West Virginia in 65 years.

Prior to his stint at West Virginia, Beilein was the head coach at Richmond for five seasons (1998-2002) where he tallied a 100-53 record. He led the Spiders to three postseason tournaments -- NCAA (1998) and NIT (2001, '02) -- as well as the Colonial Athletic Association title in 2001 with a 12-4 record.

Prior to arriving at Richmond, Beilein spent five seasons as the head coach at Canisius (1993-97). Beilein compiled an 89-62 overall record during his tenure with the Golden Griffins, leading the team to three consecutive postseason appearances, including the 1996 NCAA tournament.

Before assuming the coaching responsibilities at Canisius, Beilein turned a struggling LeMoyne squad into a Division II contender. In 1987-88, LeMoyne won a school-record 24 games, was crowned Mideast Conference champion and earned a berth in the Division II tournament. In his nine seasons at LeMoyne (1984-92), Beilein compiled a 163-94 record.

Beilein served a one-year stint (1982-83) at Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y., 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 seasons. Beilein began his coaching career at Newfane Central High in Newfane, N.Y., for three seasons before heading to Erie CC.

Beilein played college basketball at Wheeling College (now Wheeling Jesuit University) from 1971-75 and served as team captain his junior season. He received a bachelor's degree from Wheeling in 1975, majoring in history, and earned a master's degree in education from Niagara in 1981.

The John Beilein File
Birthday: 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)
Family: Married, wife Kathleen; children Seana (26), Patrick (23), Mark (22), Andrew (16)
Pronunciation: "BEE-line"

Head Coaching Career Breakdown

Season School W-L Conf. Place Conference Postseason
1978-79 Erie CC 20-15
1979-80 Erie 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
1984-85 LeMoyne 19-10
1985-86 LeMoyne 14-15
1986-87 LeMoyne 20-10
1987-88 LeMoyne 24-6 NCAA Division II
1988-89 LeMoyne 15-12
1989-90 LeMoyne 17-12
1990-91 LeMoyne 19-10
1991-92 LeMoyne 15-11
1992-93 Canisius 10-18 5-9 6th MAAC
1993-94 Canisius 22-7 12-2 1st MAAC NIT First Round
1994-95 Canisius 21-14 10-4 2nd MAAC NIT Semifinal
1995-96 Canisius 19-11 7-7 5th MAAC NCAA First Round
1996-97 Canisius 17-12 10-4 t-2nd MAAC
1997-98 Richmond 23-8 12-4 3rd CAA NCAA Second Round
1998-99 Richmond 15-12 10-6 3rd CAA
1999-00 Richmond 18-12 11-5 3rd CAA
2000-01 Richmond 22-7 12-4 1st CAA NIT Second Round
2001-02 Richmond 22-14 11-5 2nd Atlantic 10 NIT Quarterfinal
2002-03 West Virginia 14-15 5-11 6th-West Big East
2003-04 West Virginia 17-14 7-9 t-8th Big East NIT Second Round
2004-05 West Virginia 24-11 8-8 t-7th Big East NCAA Elite Eight
2005-06 West Virginia 22-11 11-5 3rd Big East NCAA Sweet 16
2006-07 West Virginia 27-9 9-7 t-7th Big East NIT Champions

Years School Overall Conf.
1979-82 Erie CC (4 seasons) 75-43
1983 Nazareth (1 season) 20-6
1984-92 LeMoyne (9 seasons) 163-94
1993-97 Canisius (5 seasons) 89-62 44-26
1998-2002 Richmond (5 seasons) 100-53 56-24
2003-07 West Virginia (5 seasons) 104-60 40-40
Career Totals (29 Seasons) 551-318 140-90

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