We’ve got another assistant coach. Travis Conlan will be filling the vacant administrative assistant position on the staff. The administrative assistant doesn’t have many actual basketball responsibilities and he’s not allowed to instruct players directly. However, Jeff Meyer proved that the position can certainly be a springboard going forward. Here’s the press release:
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — University of Michigan men’s basketball head coach John Beilein announced today (Monday, June 21) the hiring of former Wolverine Travis Conlan (1995-98) as the administrative assistant for the Wolverine program.
“We are very pleased to bring Travis Conlan back into the Michigan basketball family,” said Beilein. “From my first meeting with Travis two years ago, I sensed he had a bright future after his playing days had ended. We love the passion he has for this university and this state and know he will bring that same drive with his day-to-day activities.
“Travis will wear many hats for us in the months and years ahead. He will work directly with me on a daily basis and on various special projects. He will also be responsible for our alumni relations, community service, future scheduling and facility management. In addition, I know he is looking forward to serving as the director of our many camps and clinics.”
“I am over the moon for this opportunity to rejoin the Michigan basketball program,” said Conlan. “The opening and timing at U-M was like the perfect storm. When I found out about the position, as well as the chance to work with Coach Beilein and his staff, I jumped at it. This position allows me the chance to learn college basketball from the inside out as well as to observe and absorb as much as I can from such a great staff.
“Growing up in Michigan, I am the biggest ‘Michigan Man’ there is. This university and program means so much to me and has helped me in so many ways. I am thrilled to have the chance to contribute and give back to it as much as it gave me.”
A native of St. Clair Shores, Mich., Conlan played in 124 games during his four seasons with the Wolverines. He served as team captain during his junior and senior years, leading the Wolverines in both assists and steals in each of his last three seasons.
Conlan closed his career ranked third all-time in steals (167) and fourth in assists (480). Currently, he is listed fifth all-time in both categories. Following his career with the Wolverines, the team award for sportsmanship was named in Conlan’s honor.
After graduating from U-M with his bachelor’s degree in communications, Conlan had a 12-year professional basketball career playing with 11 different teams throughout the United States, England, Greece, Germany, Belgium and Poland.
Conlan and his wife, Kathrina, have two children: Jonas and Lani.