John Beilein

John Beilein (born February 5, 1953)

Current position: Senior player development advisor
Current team: Detroit Pistons (NBA)
Teams coached: Nazareth Golden Flyers, Le Moyne Dolphins, Canisius Golden Griffins, Richmond Spiders, West Virginia Mountaineers, Michigan Wolverines, Cleveland Cavaliers
Nazareth record: 20–6 (.769)
Le Moyne record^: 163–94 (.634)
Canisius record: 89-62 (.589)
Richmond record: 100-53 (.654)
West Virginia record: 104-60 (.634)
Michigan record: 278-150 (.650)
Overall record^: 754-425 (.640)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2021-present Detroit Pistons (advisor)
2019-2020 Cleveland Cavaliers
2007-2019 Michigan
2002-2007 West Virginia
1997-2002 Richmond
1992-1997 Canisius
1983-1992 Le Moyne
1982-1983 Nazareth (NY)
1978-1982 Erie CC

John Beilein Facts

  • John Patrick Beilein
  • Born February 5, 1965
  • Hometown: Burt, New York
  • Alma Mater: Wheeling Jesuit University (BA, 1975) / Niagara University (MS, 1981)
  • Played for four seasons at (then) Wheeling College in West Virginia, serving as team captain during his senior year
  • First coaching job was as head coach at Newfane High School (NY) from 1975-78, and first collegiate job was in the same role at Erie CC (NY)
    • Went 75-43 in four seasons at Erie (1978-82)
  • Spent one year at Division III Nazareth (NY) before being hired at then Division II Le Moyne (NY) in 1983
    • Was 163-94 overall at Le Moyne, winning two Mideast Conference titles and leading the Dolphins to the Div II Tournament in 1988
  • Moved up to the Division I level in 1992 as head coach at Canisius, where he went 89-62 over five seasons and went to one NCAA Tournament and two NITs
    • Beilein’s uncle was the late Joseph Niland, a three-time Canisius captain and the Griffins’ head coach from 1948-53
  • Spent five years as the head coach at Richmond, going 100-53 during that time
    • Went to the NCAA Tournament in 1998 and the NIT in both 2001 and 2002
  • Next stop was a five-season stint as head coach at West Virginia
    • Won the 2007 NIT with after back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances (one Sweet Sixteen and one Elite Eight)
  • Became the head coach at Michigan in 2007, a position he has held ever since
  • Accepted an offer in May 2019 to become the head coach of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, signing a five-year deal
  • In May 2021, he was hired to be the Senior Player Development Advisor for the NBA’s Detroit Pistons
  • Has held nine different head coaching jobs across the HS, JUCO, D-III, D-II, D-I and NBA levels, but has never been an assistant
  • Along with his wife, Kathleen, has four children and three grandchildren
    • Their son, Patrick, is the former head coach at Le Moyne and West Virginia Wesleyan

John Beilein Coaching Tree


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I, Division II and Division III levels only; during Beilein’s tenure at Le Moyne, the program was Division II