After a long summer of coaching hires for the Michigan basketball program, John Beilein has seemed to finalize his staff.
On Tuesday (Aug. 29) morning, Michigan announced the hiring of Chinedu Nwachukwu as the Wolverines’ new Director of Program Personnel, according to mgoblue.com.
This all comes after the adds of Luke Yaklich and DeAndre Hayes as assistant coaches, plus the elevation of Chris Hunter to Michigan’s Director of Basketball Operations.
"I'm excited that I've been given the opportunity to return to the University of Michigan," Nwachukwu told mgoblue.com. "As a Michigan graduate, it means the world to be given an opportunity to work at my alma mater. Coach Beilein has been a great mentor throughout my career and I look forward to working with him and the rest of the staff."
Nwachukwu has been involved with former Michigan assistant and current Butler head coach LaVall Jordan as the Director of Basketball Operations at Milwaukee a season ago (2016-17). There, he handled team travel, budget, practices and other organizational issues.
Before his time with the Panthers, he was an assistant coach under Randy Baruth at Saginaw Valley State University for four years. After a 21-30 start in his first two campaigns with the Cardinals, Nwachukwu helped turn around their program with a 46-17 finish over his final two seasons.
In the 2014-15 season, the Cardinals went 21-9 and went 16-6 in the GLIAC, resulting in a program record of wins in the GLIAC.
His success didn't stop there. The Ypsilanti native helped the SVSU to their first NCAA Division II Tournament appearance in school history in the 2015-16 season. The team won the Midwest Regional championship with a trip to the Elite Eight. The team won a school-record 25 games (25-8) while winning their fourth ever GLIAC championship.
Before all of his success with the Cardinals, he was with Findlay as an assistant and head coach. Before that, he was with Michigan as a student manager of the Michigan basketball program under John Beilein for three years. It was with Michigan that he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics in 2010.
Now, Beilein is ready to have him back on staff and looks forward to what he can do with the student-athletes.
"We are so pleased Chinedu is rejoining our staff," Beilein told mgoblue.com. "Chinedu was a terrific head manager for us as a senior and we knew he had a bright future ahead of him. Over these past seven years away, he has gained valuable experience as both a college coach and administrator. He loves our university and I believe he will do an outstanding job in this new position. I sense our student-athletes will really benefit from being around him daily."