When former Michigan basketball assistant Charles Ramsey left for the head-coaching job at Eastern Michigan University a few months ago, the Wolverines lost a strong coach and an excellent recruiter. They also lost their only staff member with in-state ties. That made finding a replacement with roots within the state of Michigan extremely important.
The three finalists that emerged for the pivotal spot were Bowling Green assistant Lamonta Stone, Arkansas assistant Orande Taliaferro, and Dayton assistant Mike Jackson. And late last evening it was Jackson that was given the nod for the job.
The native Detroiter comes to Michigan after coaching stints at the University
of Detroit (1996-2001), the University of Toledo (2001-03) and the prior two
seasons at Dayton. He spent his college years at the University of Detroit (1991-1995)
where he earned his bachelor's degree in business administration. On the hardwood,
Jackson was a four-year letter winner and became the first Titan to score 1,000
points (1,125) and collect 400 assists (422).
Joining Jackson in making the move to Ann Arbor is the new administrative assistant, Dave Pilopovich. The 20-year coaching veteran will assume the role vacated by former Michigan assistant Lucien St. Gerard. Pilopovich brings a wealth of experience to the post, having spent three years at California University (Pa.) (1986-89), six years at Florida Atlantic University (1989-94)…where he also served as the associate head coach from 91-94, two years at Georgia State University (1994-96), four years at Robert Morris, and the previous five at Eastern Michigan University (2000-05)
Pilipovich graduated from Theil College in Greenville, Pa., with a business administration degree in 1986.
"We are excited that Mike and Dave have joined our program and university community," Michigan coach Tommy Amaker said. "Mike and Dave have accomplished many great things during their coaching careers, but it was their strong dedication, attitudes and character that made them the right fit for Michigan."
For more on this story, check out the official release at MGoBlue.com.