Billy Donlon was officially announced as an assistant coach at Northwestern this afternoon.
Donlon, who coached at Michigan for one season, is the second assistant coach to leave the Wolverine program in the last month. Today’s Patreon column addressed why Michigan finds itself in this position and what comes next.
Here are reactions from John Beilein and Billy Donlon as released in statements by their athletic departments.
Beilein on Donlon:
“We are obviously disappointed to be losing Billy, however, we are happy he has the opportunity to be closer to his family, home and still coach in the Big Ten. He is one heck of a coach who has been a great asset to our program over this past year. Over many years, Billy has sacrificed his family for coaching basketball. This time he chose his family first and no one can fault him for that.”“We have had very talented coaching staff’s during my time here. That will not change. We have always embraced sudden change and have gotten better from it. I am excited to have this opportunity to bring in two new assistants who will bring us even more success in the future. The Team, The Team, The Team. Go Blue!”
Donlon on the move:
“It has been an honor working alongside a Hall of Famer in Coach Beilein, at one of the nation’s top universities, with an incredible group of student-athletes. Being part of a championship team is a memory that will last forever, and something I’ll always be grateful for. Chicago is home for me. I’ve known Coach Collins since elementary school, and played for Coach James after that just a few miles away from the Northwestern campus. I’m so thankful for the opportunity that Dr. Phillips and Northwestern have provided, and can’t wait to get started.”