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Report: Michigan to retain Saddi Washington

According to a report by The Athletic’s Brendan Quinn, Michigan assistant coach Saddi Washington will be staying in Ann Arbor.

Washington has been on staff at Michigan since 2016-17. The Wolverines are a combined 89-27 during his three-year stint as an assistant coach. Before his time in Ann Arbor, Washington was an assistant on Greg Kampe’s staff at Oakland from 2006 through 2016.

Washington’s primary on-court duties at Michigan had been developing the Wolverines’ post players. He played a critical role in the development of Moritz Wagner, DJ Wilson and Jon Teske. His primary recruiting territory is in Michigan given his extensive history in the state.

Washington is a native of Lansing and played college basketball at Western Michigan. He was the most tenured assistant coach on staff and served as Michigan’s interim head coach last summer when John Beilein was sidelined by a heart procedure.

With the news that Luke Yaklich is headed to Texas, Howard still has two assistant coaching roles to fill.

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  1. YostsGhosts

    Good news on Saddi. One fewer item on the checklist

  2. mgl

    Good news!

  3. Mattski

    Juwan is going to be working with these guys around the clock; I’m sure that sitting with them long enough to ascertain how they might mesh is challenge enough by itself, given how much will depend on their getting along. Saddi took over after John had his heart procedure and by all accounts acquitted himself well. Saddi has miles more experience at the college level than Yak–three at UM. He may be the guy with the critical institutional memory and awareness, even more than some projected outsider former HC, to help steer Juwan in the critical next few months.

  4. TKWolverine

    Well said. If I could have picked two people to retain, I would have picked Saddi and Sanderson.

  5. hack

    Sure. TBH, when this round of assistants was hired a few years back I did not know what to expect and was not particularly impressed with their backgrounds. A guy that kicked around at Oakland for a decade before somebody from a bigger program notice? A guy that just had a few years at Illinois State? On paper, both resumes seem weaker than the guy who had a track record as an HC in Donlon at Wright State. It worked out fine. And very well could again this time. All of us can only take our best guess, which isn’t particularly firm ground to stand on if you want to be certain about the future.

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