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Michigan announces Donlon, Washington as assistant coaches

The Michigan basketball program announced the hires of Billy Donlon and Saddi Washington as assistant coaches on Wednesday.

The replacements for Val Jordan and Bacari Alexander have been officially named.

The Michigan basketball program announced on Wednesday that Billy Donlon and Saddi Washington have been named assistant basketball coaches.

"We are forever grateful for the fine work that LaVall Jordan and Bacari Alexander brought to our program over the past six years," U-M head coach John Beilein said in a statement. "Their departures, however, have opened up a great opportunity for our staff to grow. Billy Donlon and Saddi Washington are exactly who I felt we needed to be able to continue our success and compete for more Big Ten championships."

Donlon has spent nearly a decade with the Wright State University basketball program, six of those years as head coach of the program. He helped Wright State achieve four straight 20-win seasons during his tenure as head coach. 

"I have known Billy for almost two decades, and I love his passion and IQ for the game," said Beilein. "He has tremendous experience as a player, assistant and head coach at the Division I level. Improving our defense is a huge goal for us, and defense is one of Billy's specialties. He is also excellent in skill development, and that has been a key to our success at Michigan. I am excited to have Billy join our staff, the athletics department and this University.

"Having the opportunity to work at one of the most prestigious universities in the world as well as with one of the most respected coaches in the game is truly an honor," said Donlon in a statement. "As a player, I competed against Coach Beilein's Richmond teams. I always admired the way they played and how they competed the right way. Getting a chance to be part of that is a great opportunity, and I am very eager to get started."

Washington joins the Wolverines after spending a decade with the Oakland (Mich.) University basketball program and has spent three seasons as a associate head coach under Greg Kampe. Washington also has seven years of professional basketball playing experience.

"Saddi and I have known each other since his days at Western Michigan when I coached against them," said Beilein. "We have also talked a lot of basketball in my nine years here at Michigan. Saddi is an outstanding teacher of the game, and I love that he can coach multiple positions. He has established great relationships as a recruiter both in and out of the state of Michigan. His poise and presence remind me of LaVall, and I know he will be a great asset to our program.

"My family and I are truly blessed and excited to begin this new phase of our lives in Ann Arbor," said Washington in a statement. "Growing up in the state of Michigan, I understand the rich history that has been developed and maintained here at U-M. It is the elite standard of excellence both academically and athletically. Coach Beilein is known throughout the country as an elite coach and tactician, so I look forward to learning under his tutelage and further developing my craft as a coach and builder of young men."


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