2019-20 Season

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. FabFive4ever

    Great to retain some continuity particularly on offense. Rough to see Yak go and he was terrific…but Juwan knows a thing or 2 about defense and I think the culture of defense will be safely retained. Jalen Wilson is a big blow if he doesnt re-commit but it simply means Nunez and Castleton need to make a jump in Year 2.

  4. 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.

  5. TKWolverine

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

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