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John Beilein    

Men's Basketball Head Coach, University of Michigan

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 764-452 (.628) during his 38 years as a collegiate head coach. He has recorded 20-plus win seasons on 21 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 18 career postseason appearances -- 11 in the Division I NCAA Tournament, six in the NIT and one in the Division II NCAA Tournament. With the seven 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 213 victories, placing him on top of Michigan's all-time wins list -- breaking the program record in a Big Ten Tournament game win over Illinois (March 9, 2017). He has guided U-M to seven 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 picked up his first Big Ten Tournament title in 2017, winning four games as the No. 8 seed, including a championship game win against Wisconsin.

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, '17), Zak Irvin (2016, '17) and Moritz Wagner (2017).

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.

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