Today is a good day to be Michigan Wolverines coach John Beilein. Though the American World University team he helped coach did not medal, it has been announced that Beilein’s contract with Michigan has been extended through 2018-19. The contract itself is a lucrative one, paying out a total of 2.45 million dollars.
“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 released statement. “I am grateful that President (Mary Sue) 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.”
Since being hired in March of 2007, Beilein has progressively returned the Wolverines back to their former glory. After having missed the NCAA tournament since 1998, Beilein got them back into the hunt in 2009, in only his second season with the team.
With Beilein at the helm, it seemed like the Wolverines improved every year and started adding better and higher ranked recruits every summer. Thanks to Beilein, Michigan has returned to its former glory and the pride of being a Wolverine has meaning again. This is a school that has faced some legal issues regarding players receiving illegal payment from the team (Chris Webber being the highest profile among them). For a while, it is was stuck with that stink on them and they could not move forward from the controversy.
Bringing in Beilein meant a new face, new ideas and a new system. In short, he was going to sell a new Michigan to players and over his time at Ann Arbor, he has certainly done that. Since his hiring, he has gotten commitments out of players like Tim Hardaway Jr, Glen Rice III, Mitch McGary and last year’s National Player of the Year, Trey Burke. Both Hardaway and Burke were selected in the first round of last year’s NBA draft and McGary, and even Rice, have a chance at doing the same thing in 2014. Another recruit, Nik Stauskas, is making his claim as a NBA player as well.
High school players watching this at home see that kind of success and it makes them want to attend the university. Knowing that a school is producing NBA talent is extra incentive to attend that school, just look at Kentucky’s recruiting record since John Calipari arrived on campus. Beilein’s success both on the court and in the recruiting rounds is more than enough reason to give him a contract extension.
With a bigger contract, comes more pressure and expectations. Beilein is aware of the fact and is ready to face the scrutiny.
“If you look at my paycheck, there ought to be pressure,” said Beilein.
It seems like this was a no brainer for the Wolverines as Beilein has been a charismatic and successful leader, as well as a terrific ambassador for his school. With him at the helm, expected continued success for Michigan in the foreseeable future.