John Beilein shocked all Michigan fans Monday when it was announced by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski that Beilein had accepted a deal to become the next head coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Beilein leaves Michigan has their all time winningest coach with 278 wins. Beilein went 278-150 in 12 seasons,111-87 in Big Ten play, went to 9 NCAA tournaments, 2 Final Fours + National Title Game Appearances (2013, 2018), 2 Big Ten Tournament Titles (2017,2018), 2 Big Ten Regular Season Titles (2012,2014) and the 1st Wolverines coach with consecutive 30-win seasons (final two seasons).
Beilein's move to the NBA left all Wolverines fans shocked and wondering who can follow up John Beilein? Below are 8 different names that could possibly be the next coach for the University of Michigan's Men's Basketball team.
Mark Few - Current Gonzaga Head Coach
This may be a long shot for Michigan but it is a call that they have to at least make. Few has been the coach for Gonzaga since 1999 and has a 568-122 record,31-20 in the NCAA Tournament, and went to the 2017 Final Four and were National Runner-up to North Carolina.
Few has won 18 WCC regular season titles and 15 WCC tournament titles and won both AP "Coach of the Year" and Naisthmith "Coach of the Year" in 2017.
Billy Donovan Current Oklahoma City Thunder Head Coach
Another pipe dream for Michigan and its fans but one of the big splashes they can make. Currently Donovan is the Head Coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder and has been since 2015. With the Thunder Donovan has a 199-129 record, he reached the conference finals in his first season as head coach but has been bounced in the first round of the playoffs the previous three seasons.
Before the NBA Donovan was the head coach at the University of Florida from 1996-2015. Donovan won back to back National Championships in 2006 and 2007 accumulated a 467-186 record and going to 4 Final Fours (2000, 2006, 2007, 2014).
LaVall Jordan Current Butler Head Coach
Jordan seems like a more sensible hire rather than splashy hire considering his ties to the University of Michigan. Jordan served as an assistant under John Beilein at Michigan from 2010-2016 before he took over as the Head Coach at Milwaukee. With Milwaukee Jordan went 11-24 but made it the Horizon League Championship game as a 10 seed.
After an unsuccessful stint with Milwuakee, Jordan was hired by Butler to replace Chris Holtmann. In two seasons as Head Coach for Butler, Jordan went 37-31 with one NCAA Tournament Appearance (2017, Second Round loss to Purdue). LaVall Jordan may be a last option if the splash hires don't work but could be a rising star in the coaching ranks.
Jay Wright Current Villanova Head Coach
Another big name for Michigan fans to get excited over but could be another dream instead of reality. Jay Wright has been the Head Coach for Villanova since 2001 and has a 448-175 record, two National Championships (2016,2018) and three Final Fours (2009,2016,2018)
Wright is also a 2x Naismith "College Coach of the Year" winner (2006, 2016). Wright would be a tough get as he already has turned down an offer this offseason from UCLA, but you never know if you don't ask.
Chris Beard Current Texas Tech Head Coach
Chris Beard is the hottest name in college basketball and rightfully so. In his third year as the Red Raiders coach, Beard took Texas Tech to the National Championship game beating both Michigan and Michigan State along the way. Beard is currently 76-31 at Texas Tech with two NCAA Tournament appearances with an Elite 8 appearance (2018) and one Final Four (2019). There is just one hiccup with Beard...He signed a 6 year, $27.5 million extension with Texas Tech this offseason.
This extension has made Beard the 4th highest paid coach in college basketball (Calipari, Krzyzewski, Barnes). It would be tough (and expensive) to get Beard out of that new of a contract but his tought defensive coaching style would fit perfectly post Beilein.
OTHER NAMES TO LOOK OUT FOR:
- Dana Altman - Current Oregon Head Coach
- Steve Prohm - Current Iowa State Head Coach
- Juwan Howard - Current Miami Heat Assistant, Former Michigan player (possibly linked to join Beilein's staff in Cleveland)
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