Michigan coach John Beilein isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon.
Just three months removed from a historic and unexpected run in the NCAA tournament that vaulted the Michigan basketball team onto the big stage with an appearance in the national championship game, the program’s first in 20 seasons, the Wolverines rewarded Beilein with a three-year contract extension Wednesday, set to keep the 35-year coaching veteran in Ann Arbor through the 2018-19 season.
"I am very excited to have this opportunity to coach at the University of Michigan for at least five more years," Beilein said in a statement on Michigan’s website. "I am grateful that President Coleman and Dave Brandon are pleased with the direction of our program and have extended this offer of agreement. My staff and I will continue to work every day with our student-athletes to ensure they grow from this incredible educational opportunity. At the same time, competing for Big Ten championship will be the goal each and every year.
"Kathleen and our entire family love being a part of the Michigan community and feel honored and blessed to continue to be able to represent this great university.”
Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon remained coy this spring regarding the idea any contract negotiations of an extension for Beilein were underway in the aftermath of the Wolverines 82-76 loss to Louisville at the Georgia Dome. Wednesday, Brandon announced he couldn’t be more pleased to have Beilein locked up for many years to come.
"John is a tremendous ambassador of the University of Michigan and one of the most highly respected coaches in the country," Brandon said in a statement on Michigan’s website. "He recruits outstanding young men to represent the men's basketball program and develops them as players, students and future leaders.
“John has built a program that will compete for Big Ten championships on a regular basis and make exciting NCAA Tournament runs. We look forward to John, Kathleen and the entire Beilein family representing the University of Michigan for the foreseeable future."
According to an Associated Press report, Beilein will receive $2.45 million per year in total compensation under the new agreement.
Michigan won 31 games in 2012-13, tying the program mark for wins in a season, and have a record of 55-18 overall since 2011-12. The Wolverines have made the NCAA tournament four of the past five seasons under Beilein’s control, also sharing a piece of the Big Ten regular season title in 2012.