Michigan men’s basketball is looking for a new head coach for the first time since 2007. Director of Athletics Warde Manuel will be busy, but that’s why they pay him the big bucks.
Manuel spoke with reporters tonight and provided some details on Beilein’s decision to leave and the ongoing coaching search. He stated that Beilein kept him abreast of the negotiations as they unfolded but admitted he was surprised that the coach opted to take the job.
As for Beilein’s replacement, Manuel indicated that interest is high. Of course, he did not name any names, but he offered some insight for info-hungry Michigan fans.
Manuel says he has "already received a significant number of calls and a lot of interest in the potential for this position."
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Asked him about timeline — his response: “The timeline is I want to get it right. While I’d like it to be done ASAP, I’m also going to take the time to make sure that we find the right person for Michigan.”
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Manuel also added that he would ideally hire an experienced head coach, and that makes sense considering where Michigan is as a program.
This is a critical hire for the Wolverines. Beilein has rebuilt the program and turned it into a consistent winner.
The next head coach will be inheriting a strong foundation, but also heavy expectations. After all, Michigan was the national runner-up in 2018 and reached the Sweet Sixteen this year.
Overall, Beilein took Michigan to nine NCAA Tournaments in 12 seasons, while winning a pair of Big Ten regular season and tournament titles.