In the midst of his sixth season (2007-08 to present) as the head coach at the University of Michigan, John Beilein was named to his first USA Basketball coaching staff on March 12, 2013, and will serve as an assistant coach for the 2013 USA Men’s World University Games Team. Beilein previously aided USA Basketball as a court coach for the 2009 USA Men’s U19 World Championship and USA World University Games Teams’ training camp in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Beilein has more than 34 years (1978-79 to present) of experience as a head coach at the Division I level. In that time he has racked up 667 (all records as of 3/11/13) career wins, placing him in the top 20 in victories among active Division I coaches. Further, in his 20 seasons coaching at the NCAA Division I level, his teams have posted 18 20-win seasons and advanced to postseason play 20 times.
Ranked No. 6 by the Associated Press and No. 8 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, Beilein’s Wolverines are currently riding a 25-6 record, including a 17-1 mark at home, heading into the 2013 Big Ten Conference Tournament.
Handed the reins of a Wolverines program that hadn’t made an NCAA appearance since 1998, in his first five years Beilein piloted Michigan to a 91-77 record, three 20-win seasons and three NCAA Tournament appearances.
Following his inaugural season in Ann Arbor, in which he started three freshmen and two sophomores and finished 10-22, Beilein led his 2008-09 squad to a 21-14 mark and the 2009 NCAA second round. That signaled the first NCAA appearance for Michigan in over a decade and his turnaround tied the Wolverines’ record for single-season improvement in school history.
His 2010-11 squad turned in a 21-14 record and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament.
Continuing to build upon his program, Beilein’s 2011-12 team was ranked among the top 25 nationally all season long, including a high of No. 10 in the Associated Press poll at the end of the regular season, and advanced to the NCAA second round. Last year’s squad finished with a 24-10 slate, including 15-1 at home, and captured Michigan’s first Big Ten Conference regular season title since 1985-86 after capping league play with a 13-5 record.
Before arriving in Ann Arbor, Beilein spent five seasons (2002-03 through 2006-07) as head coach at West Virginia University, compiling a 104-60 record while making two trips to the Sweet Sixteen (2005, 2006) and a trip to the Elite Eight in 2005.
Beilein has been successful in each of his seven head coaching positions. He has been a head coach at Erie Community College (1978-79 to 1981-82); Nazareth College (1982-83); LeMoyne College (1983-84 to 1991-92); Canisius College (1993-94 to 1996-97); and the University of Richmond (1998-99 to 2001-02). In those five stops, Beilein compiled a 447-258 record (.634 winning percentage).
Beilein played college basketball at Wheeling College in West Virginia from 1971-75 and served as team captain during his junior season.