Report: Northwestern working to hire Billy Donlon

Dylan Burkhardt

According to a report by the Chicago Tribune, Northwestern is attempting to hire Billy Donlon away from Michigan.

Donlon was hired last year by Michigan and served as a defensive specialist on the staff. He’s also very close with Northwestern head coach Chris Collins, a relationship that was profile by MLive in March. Donlon was also a ball boy at Northwestern when his father was on the assistant coaching staff from 1987 through 1994.

Donlon’s base salary in 2017-18 was $205,000.

Michigan lost Jeff Meyer from its bench this week as he opted to join former Wolverine assistant LaVall Jordan’s staff at Butler. Former Northwestern assistant Pat Baldwin was hired at Milwaukee to replace Jordan.

The Wolverines also lost two assistant coaches last season with Bacari Alexander hired as the head coach at Detroit and LaVall Jordan at Butler. Donlon and Saddi Washington were hired as their replacements.

The NCAA live evaluation recruiting period starts on July 12th.

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  • Madrox

    Man, one hit (potential) after another here. Good for LaVall getting the Butler job but I am going to be a tad annoyed with him if him getting that job costs Michigan two assistants.

  • Nick

    I bet he stays. Sometimes people like to forge their own paths, plus it sounds like he’s in line for even more control and influence with Meyers’ departure.

    • bobohle

      I think his contract will get renegotiated by Beilein. Michigan really can’t afford to lose him at this point. Maybe be reclassified as asst. head coach.

  • gobluemd16

    Apparently he wasn’t at Michigan’s elite camp today and people are telling Brian Snow of Scout that he is going to NWestern.. Wow.

    • bobohle

      If that’s true it’s two years in a row losing two assistants. Will JB revert to Tom Crean? They need a big time recruiter plus defensive coordinator again preferably from teams who are winning programs.

    • section13row15

      Wouldn’t it make more sense for Donlon to stay at Michigan under a coach who may retire in 2-5 years than go to NW and work under a coach who may be there forever?

  • bobohle

    Carmody commits to Notre Dame. Another target off the board.

    • Wayman Britt

      Really need to get Locke to commit. I like Locke better than Carmody.

  • Wayman Britt

    Beilein really needs Donlon to stay for another year or two. Would hate to have him leave for a non head coaching position.