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John Beilein
Class of 1975
Head Coach of Menís Basketball
University of Michigan

On April 3, 2007, John Beilein became the 16th head coach in the history of the University of Michigan men's basketball program. Having spent all 18 years of his Division I coaching career as a head coach, Beilein has produced success at every stop and is considered to be one of the best tactical basketball minds in the country.

A proven winner throughout his career, Beilein has won 597 career games, placing him in the top 20 in victories among active Division I head coaches. He has compiled 27 winning seasons and put together 15 20-win campaigns. Beilein is the only active coach in the collegiate ranks to record a 20-win season at four different levels -- junior college, NAIA, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division I.

Prior to coming to Ann Arbor, Beilein brought great success to West Virginia University. Under his direction, the Mountaineers earned four consecutive postseason berths, including two trips to the NCAA Sweet 16 and a trip to the Elite Eight in 2005. Beilein compiled a 104-60 record during his five years at West Virginia.

Prior to his stint at WVU, Beilein was the head coach at Richmond, where he compiled a 100-53 (.654) record in his five seasons (1997-2002) with the Spiders, giving him the second highest winning percentage in the school's basketball history. He reached the century plateau faster than any coach in Richmond history. In 2001-02, Richmond finished with a 22-14 record in its first season in the Atlantic 10 Conference. The Spiders reached the finals of the conference championship and won three games in the NIT before falling to Syracuse in the quarterfinals. Richmond was second in the nation in fewest turnovers per game (10.3).

Prior to arriving at Richmond, Beilein spent five years as the head coach at Canisius (1992-1997). During his tenure with the Golden Griffins, Beilein led the team to three consecutive postseason appearances, including the 1996 NCAA tournament. His exploits in rebuilding the Canisius program earned him Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference 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 LeMoyne squad into a Division II contender during his nine seasons (1983-1992). In 1987-88, LeMoyne won a school-record 24 games, was crowned Mideast conference champions and earned a berth in the Division II tournament. Beilein served a one-year stint at Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y., from 1982-83, 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 years. Beilein began his coaching career at Newfane Central High in Newfane, N.Y., for three years before heading to Erie CC.

Beilein played college basketball at Wheeling College (now Wheeling Jesuit University) from 1971-75 and served as team captain during his junior season. He received a bachelor's degree in history in 1975 and earned a master's degree in education from Niagara in 1981. In May of 2005, Beilein served as Wheeling Jesuit's commencement speaker while earning an honorary degree at the school's 47th commencement ceremonies.

A native of Burt, N.Y., he and his wife, Kathleen, have been married for 30 years. They have one daughter, Seana, who married Ryan Hendricks in 2007, and three sons, Patrick, Mark and Andrew.


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