Travis Conlan Returns as Administrative Assistant

Dylan Burkhardt
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We’ve got another assistant coach. Travis Conlan will be filling the vacant administrative assistant position on the staff. The administrative assistant doesn’t have many actual basketball responsibilities and he’s not allowed to instruct players directly.  However, Jeff Meyer proved that the position can certainly be a springboard going forward. Here’s the press release:

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — University of Michigan men’s basketball head coach John Beilein announced today (Monday, June 21) the hiring of former Wolverine Travis Conlan (1995-98) as the administrative assistant for the Wolverine program.

“We are very pleased to bring Travis Conlan back into the Michigan basketball family,” said Beilein. “From my first meeting with Travis two years ago, I sensed he had a bright future after his playing days had ended. We love the passion he has for this university and this state and know he will bring that same drive with his day-to-day activities.

“Travis will wear many hats for us in the months and years ahead. He will work directly with me on a daily basis and on various special projects. He will also be responsible for our alumni relations, community service, future scheduling and facility management. In addition, I know he is looking forward to serving as the director of our many camps and clinics.”

“I am over the moon for this opportunity to rejoin the Michigan basketball program,” said Conlan. “The opening and timing at U-M was like the perfect storm. When I found out about the position, as well as the chance to work with Coach Beilein and his staff, I jumped at it. This position allows me the chance to learn college basketball from the inside out as well as to observe and absorb as much as I can from such a great staff.

“Growing up in Michigan, I am the biggest ‘Michigan Man’ there is. This university and program means so much to me and has helped me in so many ways. I am thrilled to have the chance to contribute and give back to it as much as it gave me.”

A native of St. Clair Shores, Mich., Conlan played in 124 games during his four seasons with the Wolverines. He served as team captain during his junior and senior years, leading the Wolverines in both assists and steals in each of his last three seasons.

Conlan closed his career ranked third all-time in steals (167) and fourth in assists (480). Currently, he is listed fifth all-time in both categories. Following his career with the Wolverines, the team award for sportsmanship was named in Conlan’s honor.

After graduating from U-M with his bachelor’s degree in communications, Conlan had a 12-year professional basketball career playing with 11 different teams throughout the United States, England, Greece, Germany, Belgium and Poland.

Conlan and his wife, Kathrina, have two children: Jonas and Lani.

  • michigan hoops 4eva

    This makes me happy, Travis Conlan was one of my favorite players growing up; he will make a great head coach someday.

  • Like this hire. Travis was always a hard worker. I believe he truly loves UM. By playing with 11 different teams he sure has experienced many different coaching styles, players and cultures.

    I would assume his recruiting territory will be Europe.

  • Brian W

    Conlan was a hard worker when he was at U-M as a player, so I’m glad he is coming back. His knowledge of European basketball could be an asset in the future.

    Rivals named Cody Zeller as a standout at the NBAPA Top 100 Camp.

    http://basketballrecruiting.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1095884

    Interesting article on UConn’s compliance staff (Is it big enough for big-time athletics?). Maurice Harkless decommitted from UConn also according to ESPN…

    http://www.ctpost.com/basketball/article/Is-UConn-s-compliance-staff-enough-for-big-time-531393.php

  • Thomas: I believe that the NCAA report against Sampson specifically pointed out that Meyer was innocent. Just for what it’s worth before you start making hasty comments.

  • Brick

    Ship is sinking? Alexander, Jordan and Conlan are all young exciting additions to the staff. I can’t wait to see what they can do with our players and on the recruiting trail. Although I know Conlan can’t coach anyone…. yet.

  • Brian W

    Nothing like a doubting Thomas to throw crap against the wall in hopes that it sticks. Beilein will have a young team this year, but his job shouldn’t be on the line.

  • Kenny

    Travis Conlan was one of my favorite players and I am glad that he is back to the family.

    Sounds like Thomas was Mahoney’s friend and Mahoney was not happy to leave.

  • Colby

    Any word if Brundidge is going to be at the team or elite camp? Have not heard much aboout him recently and did not see his name mentioned in any of the NBAPA camp reports.

  • And a former Wasthenaw County phone book cover boy …

  • Conlan was one of my favorites from the 90’s, always worked hard and was a consummate teammate. Bringing him back into the fold makes far too much sense.

  • Brian W

    Well, many have wondered if this will be LLP’s last year. Angelique has a blog entry about Beilein saying that LLP will be listed as a senior. Not a complete surprise…

    http://apps.detnews.com/apps/blogs/bigtenblog/index.php?blogid=2230