Michigan men’s basketball head coach John Beilein underwent a scheduled and successful double bypass surgery this week at at U-M’s Samuel and Jean Frankel Cardiovascular Center, performed by Francis D. Pagani, M.D., Ph.D, the athletic department announced on Tuesday morning.
Beilein is expected to be fully active and ready to roll for when the season rolls around, but will not be making the team’s trip to Spain from Aug. 17-26. Saddi Washington will take over as interim head coach in the meantime.
Here is a portion of the release sent out by Michigan with quotes from athletic director Warde Manuel and Beilein.
”We are extremely grateful John’s proactive procedure was a success and that he is resting comfortably with Kathleen and his family,” said Manuel. “This university community is remarkably interconnected -- from doctors, to professors, to our coaches. It is truly a place of the Leaders and Best. All of us within the Athletic Department cannot wait for John’s return.”
”I feel grateful and blessed that this surgery was performed at the University of Michigan,” said Beilein. “Kathleen, and our family appreciate all of the world-class care that was provided for us. Dr. Kim Eagle, Dr. Francis Pagani, Dr. Stanley Chetcuti and all of their staffs at the Frankel Cardiovascular Center are so talented and performed like champions over this past week. I am going to work very hard in my rehabilitation to be stronger than ever by the time practice begins for this upcoming season.”
Beilein is heading into his 12th season as Michigan head coach and signed an extension this summer to remain with the program through the 2022-23 season. The next win he records will be the 800th of his career.
Maize n Brew and its staff wish Beilein a speedy and full recovery as he works his way back onto the court.