John Beilein, Wheeling Jesuit University '75


John Beilein, Wheeling Jesuit University '75

John Beilein, a 1975 graduate of Wheeling Jesuit University (WJU), is the head men's basketball coach at the University of Michigan.

A member of WJU’s men's basketball team from 1971-75 and team captain his junior year, Beilein has compiled a career coaching record of 717-428.  He is considered to be one of the best tactical basketball minds in the country.

Beilein led the University of Michigan to its first outright Big Ten championship in 26 years during the 2013-14 season, posting a 28-9 overall record (15-3 in league play), winning the conference crown by three games. The Wolverines advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth consecutive season, earning a No. 2 seed, and advanced to the Elite Eight for the second consecutive season. Beilein earned the 700th victory of his collegiate coaching career against Texas in the NCAA Tournament Third Round.

With winning records for 31 of 36 seasons coaching, he is in the top 10 in victories among active Division I head coaches. In 22 years of coaching D-I basketball, Beilein's teams have made 15 postseason appearances and have compiled nineteen 20-win seasons. 

During his coaching career, Beilein has been a finalist for the Naismith Men's College Coach of the Year and Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year awards. He has also been named the Big Ten Coach of the Year, the NABC District 7 Coach of the Year, and the USBWA District V Coach of the Year. 

Prior to coming to Ann Arbor, MI, Beilein led the West Virginia University (WVU) men's basketball team to great success. 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 WVU.

In addition to coaching at Michigan and WVU, Beilein was head coach of the basketball programs at the University of Richmond, Canisius College, Le Moyne College, Nazareth College and Erie Community College.

Beilein received a bachelor's degree in history from WJU in 1975 and earned a master's degree in education from Niagara University in 1981. In May 2005, Beilein served as WJU's commencement speaker while earning an honorary doctorate at the school's 47th commencement ceremonies. In April 2015, WJU inducted him into the University's Athletic Hall of Fame.