After Michigan’s top assistant LaVall Jordan departed to become the University of Milwaukee-Wisconsin’s Head Coach, Michigan head coach John Beilein is left with an open position on his coaching staff for the first time in six years. Assistant Bacari Alexander is also currently receiving consideration for the head-coaching job at the University of Detroit-Mercy, his alma mater. While Alexander’s status on the Michigan staff is not clear, let’s look at some potential LaVall Jordan replacements and why they could fit with the Wolverines.
A heavily rumored candidate for the job, Jackson fits the criteria Beilein is looking to fill perfectly. A Detroit native, Jackson played in the NBA for the Pistons and Knicks before being named head coach at Mount Clemons High School in Mount Clemons, Michigan, a job he held until 2014. A guard himself, Jackson could fill Jordan’s role in developing Michigan’s guards and would be an asset in recruiting the metro-Detroit area, something Michigan has struggled with in recent years.
Nichols played for Beilein at West Virginia, and would be able to fill the guard-development role that Jordan filled for the Wolverines. He is currently an assistant coach at Florida, and has been recognized for his ability to coach defenses, with Lousiana Tech touting Nichols as their “defensive coordinator” during his tenure as an assistant there.
Beilein is the son of current Head Coach John Beilein and is the current head coach at Le Moyne College in New York. Beilein also played for his father at West Virginia and was a graduate assistant at Michigan, where he assisted with game plans and recruiting, before being hired by Le Moyne. He is a logical choice because of his connections to both the university and to his father.
Lee played for Beilein at Michigan and was the Wolverines’ director of player personnel job until 2014. He is currently an assistant coach at Marist College in New York. Lee was very popular among players and coaches alike during his time with Michigan’s program. These ties to Beilein and Michigan make Lee a strong candidate for the job.
Washington is currently the associate head coach at Oakland University. A Lansing native, Washington was key in the Golden Grizzlies’ recruitment and development of Kay Felder, who was one of the best guards in college basketball least season and just declared for the NBA draft. Washington’s ties to the Midwest and his impressive resume of recruiting and developing guards, like Felder, make him a solid candidate for the Wolverines’ open assistant coach position.