Michigan basketball coach John Beilein recovering after double-bypass heart surgery

Michigan basketball coach John Beilein recovering after double-bypass heart surgery

August 7, 2018 0 By admin


Nick Baumgardner


Detroit Free Press

Published 2:09 p.m. UTC Aug 7, 2018

Michigan basketball coach John Beilein underwent a successful, scheduled double-bypass heart surgery Monday in Ann Arbor and won’t make the team’s upcoming summer trip to Spain. 

Beilein, who is expected to leave the hospital in “a few days,” hopes to be fully active by the time the Wolverines begin fall practice in October. 

Michigan assistant Saddi Washington will serve as the team’s interim head coach during Beilein’s absence, with assistants Luke Yaklich and DeAndre Haynes continuing their roles on the bench. 

“I feel grateful and blessed that this surgery was performed at the University of Michigan,” Beilein, 65, said in a statement.

“I am going to work very hard in my rehabilitation to be stronger than ever by the time practice begins for this upcoming season.”

The procedure, officially a “two-vessel coronary bypass graft surgery,” is designed to “improve blood flow to the heart by taking a healthy artery or vein from another part of the body and grafting it to the obstructed coronary artery,” according to Beilein’s doctors.

Michigan is scheduled to participate in a foreign trip to Spain from Aug. 17-26 that will feature three exhibition games. The Wolverines have already started practice for the tour.

Beilein in April led Michigan to its second national title game appearance since 2013, where the Wolverines lost to Villanova, 79-62.

He has maintained he’d like Michigan to be his final coaching stop. 

“It became very clear to me where I was meant to finish coaching,” Beilein told the Free Press in June. 

Michigan’s all-time wins leader, Beilein signed a rollover contract extension with the school in July that will keep him in Ann Arbor through at least 2022-23.

The deal calls for an automatic one-year extension that repeats each year, effectively allowing him to retire from coaching at Michigan when he chooses. He’ll earn $3.8 million per year. 

Contact Nick Baumgardner: nbaumgardn@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @nickbaumgardner.

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