Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, January 11, 2010

Beilein signs contract extension through 2015-16 season

Men’s basketball head coach John Beilein has agreed to a contract extension to lead the Wolverines through the 2015-16 season, U-M athletic director Bill Martin announced today.

“John Beilein has been a wonderful addition to our staff here at Michigan. What he has done on and off the court with our men’s basketball team has been tremendous, and he has made it clear he wants to coach at Michigan until he retires,” said Martin, the Donald R. Shepherd Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. “This contract extension is a win-win situation for the men’s basketball program at Michigan and for Coach Beilein.”

Beilein’s total compensation under the new contract will be $1.7 million in 2010-11, $1.8 million in 2012-13 and $1.9 million by the 2013-14 season.

Currently in his third season at the helm of the Wolverine program, Beilein has won 588 career games, placing him in the top 20 in victories among active Division I head coaches. In 32 years behind the bench, Beilein has compiled 27 winning seasons including 15 20-win campaigns.

In his second season with U-M, Beilein guided the Wolverines to a 21-14 record and steered them back into the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 11 seasons, advancing to the second round following a first round win over Clemson. Michigan’s 21 victories in 2008-09 tied a school record for the largest single-season turnaround in program history at 11 games.

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. In addition, he is one of seven coaches to take four different schools to the NCAA Tournament: Canisius (1996), Richmond (1998), West Virginia (2005, 2006) and Michigan (2009). With Beilein’s 1988 Division II NCAA Tournament appearance with LeMoyne, he has taken five different teams to the NCAA postseason.

During his coaching career, Beilein has only served as a head coach, with stints at West Virginia (2002-07), Richmond (1997-2002), Canisius (1992-97), LeMoyne (1983-92), Nazareth College (1982-83) and Erie Community College (1978-82).

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.