John Beilein

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5, 1953
New York
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5, 1953 (age 68)
New York


Legendary NCAA coach who became the head coach of the University of Michigan Wolverines in 2007 and led the team to the 2013 and 2018 NCAA Championship games as well as the 2014 Elite Eight. His teams are known for their offensive efficiency, with limited turnovers, active off-ball movement and stellar three point shooting. In 2019, he was named coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Before Fame

He played division two college basketball for the Wheeling Jesuit Cardinals from 1971 to 1975.


He never served as an assistant coach during his coaching career, taking his first head coaching position with Newfane High School in New York in 1975. He served as head coach of the West Virginia Mountaineers from 2002 to 2007, taking the team to the Elite Eight in 2005 and Sweet Sixteen in 2006. 

Family Life

He was raised with eight siblings and married Kathleen Beilein in 1978, with whom he had a daughter and three sons including Patrick, who played for him at West Virginia.

Associated With

He coached 2013 NCAA Player of the Year Trey Burke for two years, before the star point guard became a first round NBA draft pick in 2013.