No rebuilding programs, no more moving. John Beilein says Michigan will be his last coaching job.
The Wolverines coach, 58, has spent five years at each of his previous jobs – Canisius, Richmond and West Virginia – before leaving for another gig. But he told the Detroit Free Press that despite this being his fifth year in Ann Arbor, he “absolutely” isn’t going anywhere.
“Hopefully, I can become a better coach and have a better coaching staff because of our growth together and because as you’re here longer, you can understand things and you can see the fruits of your labor as it grows,” he told the Free Press. “I am very proud of what West Virginia did (after he left), and Richmond got an at-large after we left. But hopefully now I can experience it and actually be coaching those guys.”
Makes sense. Beilein’s finally got a roster that reflects his preferred style (versatile guys who can all shoot the 3) and a healthy mix of NBA-caliber talent. Michigan’s also ready to open a new practice facility this fall. He’s also ahead of the game in recruiting, with plenty of talent committed for 2012 and 2013.
Then there’s there’s that contract extension he signed last year that gives him $1.8 million through 2016. By then, he’ll be in his early 60s and maybe even ready to retire to somewhere warm. Or at least go the Jim Larranaga route.
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