There has been no shortage of detractors for Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon in recent weeks. With members of the student body, board of regents, various donors and former players lining up in opposition, any show of approval from any supporter would be a welcomed sight. Brandon finally had such a vision Thursday when his coaches banded together to show their allegiance in a letter to University President Mark Schlissel.
To see the actual letter provided to the Detroit News, click here.
The full text of the letter is below.
Dear President Schlissel:
With all the negative voices displaying their displeasure with University of Michigan Director of Athletics Dave Brandon, every head coach of a varsity athletic team at U-M would like to counter those voices with a letter of unanimous support.
Immediately after Dave Brandon was named Director of Athletics in 2010, he raised the bar of success for all sports, their staffs and most important, the Michigan student-athletes. The continued improvement of the athletic facilities, increased support staff, higher quality travel conditions and a greater emphasis on academic support of all of our 900 plus student-athletes are just some of the advancements we have been a part since 2010. New initiatives and more individual mentoring are now in place to ensure our student-athletes are academically prepared. Programs to create opportunities for career planning, future employment and post-graduate advancement are now an integral aspect of the student-athlete experience at U-M.
One of our guiding principles of this Michigan Athletic Department culture is to create positive academic and athletic experiences for our student-athletes and prepare them to be successful in life. Now, our student-athletes for the revenue and Olympic sports feel more prepared, valued, and appreciated.
The University of Michigan prides itself on developing future leaders, and this Michigan Athletic Department with the leadership of Dave Brandon is developing men and women to be the "Leaders and Best."
Red Berenson - Head Ice Hockey Coach
Carol Hutchins - Head Softball Coach
Mike Bottom, Mike Hilde - Head Men's & Women's Swimming & Diving Coach
Bev Plocki - Head Women's Gymnastics Coach
Kurt Golder - Head Men's Gymnastics Coach
Erik Bakich - Head Baseball Coach
Greg Ryan - Head Women's Soccer Coach
Chaka Daley - Head Men's Soccer Coach
Mark Rosen - Head Volleyball Coach
Dr. Marcelo Leonardi - Head Water Polo Coach
Adam Steinberg - Head Men's Tennis Coach
Ronni Bernstein - Head Women's Tennis Coach
Brady Hoke - Head Football Coach
Marcia Pankratz - Head Field Hockey Coach
Jerry Clayton - Head Men's Track & Field Coach
Kevin Sullivan - Head Men's Cross Country Coach
Mike McGuire - Head Women's Cross Country Coach
Joe McFarland - Head Wrestling Coach
John Beilein - Head Men's Basketball Coach
Kim Barnes Arico - Head Women's Basketball Coach
Jennifer Ulehla - Head Women's Lacrosse Coach
John Paul - mHead Men's Lacrosse Coach
Chris Whitten -mHead Men's Golf Coach
Jan Dowling - Head Women's Golf Coach
Mark Rothstein - Head Rowing Coach
James Henry - Head Women's Track & Field Coach