ESPN ranks John Beilein ninth in top 50 coaches list

Dylan Burkhardt
Michigan 77, Purdue 76-19

ESPN has been ranking the top 50 coaches in college basketball over the last several weeks in a poll comprised of nearly 100 ESPN staff members. The results are intended to be based on how coaches would be rated in the present day rather than based on their entire careers.

Michigan head coach John Beilein checked in at No. 9 on the list. Michigan State’s Tom Izzo and Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan appear to be the only other Big Ten coaches ranked ahead of Beilein.

It took Beilein a lifetime to get to where he is now: indubitably successful, at the head of a well-funded high-major program, in charge of a tenacious group of assistant coaches and recruiters. And now, finally, the rest of us are getting to see just how good he really is.

It’s a strange thing to say about a 61-year-old man, but it feels like his career has only just begun.

Read Eamonn Brennan’s complete column on Beilein here. (Photo: Dustin Johnston)


  • Champswest

    “The results are intended to be based on how coaches would be rated in the present day rather than based on their entire careers.”

    What is present day, 5 years, 10 years? Half the article is about his early years. Of course I am biased, but I would rank Beilein over Izzo, Ryan, Coach K and possibly others in the final 8 (based on the last 3-5 years).

  • Northern Blue

    Pretty impressive. Still don’t know if I would rank him over Boeheim, but would over Bo Ryan even if he struggles playing against Bo’s teams. Shaka is way too high.

    Really hope we can keep Lavall Jordan and groom him into next head coach.

  • Wayman Britt

    Nine seems about right. I would like to see his ranking in two more years, bet it goes higher. I do have a problem with Amaker at 22. Tommy was a great role model and public person, but could not coach basketball worth a lick.

  • JohnNavarreIsMyHero

    If this list is based on the present day, then how is Beilien not ahead of the other two guys, most notably Izzo. Beilien has had the best team in the state for 3 of the last 4 years, has dominated the in state rivalry, was about an inch away from three straight Big Ten titles, and won the conference in 2013-2014 easily by 3 games without arguably one of his best players. He lost a top 5 talent for nearly the entire season and never used it as a excuse. Other coaches cry and whine about injuries all year and get articles written about how they are “preserving’. Beilein gets comical local media articles stating that his team is clearly #2 in the state, but “closing the gap” and this was after beating his rival, again. Michigan is the top dog in the state for basketball and has been for at least the last two years. He is a class act. He only has most wins in the conference the last couple years. He develops talent and is producing NBA players at an accelerated pace.

    Yeah, but he’s the #3 coach in the conference.

    What’s new, Beilein is being underestimated.

  • JohnNavarreIsMyHero

    Ok, the list is officially a joke and not based on present day which they say is their criteria. Beilien and Wichita State’s Marshall are behind Izzo?