John Beilein at Michigan

A Basketball Revival


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About the Book

When John Beilein arrived at University of Michigan in 2007, the once-proud men’s basketball program was adrift after failing to reach the NCAA Tournament for nine straight seasons. Over the next twelve years, he became the program’s all-time winningest coach, reached two national championship games, won four Big Ten championships and produced eight NBA first-round draft picks.
In an age of ethical lapses throughout college basketball, Beilein succeeded without a hint of impropriety. As much a teacher as a coach, he consistently identified undervalued recruits, taught them his innovative offensive system and carefully developed them into better players—an approach to the game that drove his unprecedented rise from high school junior varsity coach to head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. This book examines his tenure at Michigan in detail for the first time.

About the Author(s)

Tim Rooney is a University of Michigan graduate and a Major League Baseball scout for the Toronto Blue Jays. An avid basketball enthusiast, he plays and coaches regularly. He lives in Tega Cay, South Carolina.

Bibliographic Details

Tim Rooney
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 259
Bibliographic Info: 25 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2020
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7921-1
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3915-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface 1
1. The Right Man for the Job 5
2. Michigan’s Basketball Past 13
3. Building the Foundation 17
4. Recruiting the Undervalued 23
5. The Fresh Five 28
6. The Continuous Cycle of Development 35
7. Not Just a Shooter 40
8. The Rebuild 48
9. Attacking a Weakness 60
10. Off-Season Adjustments 70
11. Remodeling 77
12. Broken Ankles 87
13. Defensive Growth 93
14. Finishing Strong 99
15. Taking Over the Big Apple 103
16. Late Nights in Wichita 112
17. Party in Los Angeles 117
18. Sending Cinderella Home 124
19. One Final Game 129
20. Thank You, Michigan 134
21. Underrated Once Again 141
22. A Contrast in Tempos 146
23. A Freshman in Name Only 153
24. The Calendar Turns 158
25. Culture Is the Only Way 165
26. The Pride of Lima, Ohio 169
27. Constant Adaptation 173
28. Spartan Battles 179
29. The Green River 187
30. A Trip to Des Moines 192
31. Going Back to Cali 201
32. The End of the Beilein Era 207
Chapter Notes 211
Bibliography 231
Index 245