ANN ARBOR, Mich. – University of Michigan men’s basketball head coach John Beilein announced that former Kent State playmaker DeAndre Haynes will join his staff as an assistant coach. Haynes will join the Wolverines after serving as an assistant at Illinois State as part of Dan Muller’s staff.
“First of all, I would like to thank Illinois State head coach Dan Muller for his professionalism throughout this entire search,” said Beilein. “He reached out to us and had nothing but great things to say about DeAndre. DeAndre was exactly what we were looking for during the hiring process of this particular assistant position,” said Beilein. We wanted someone who really understood and could teach this great game and had experience doing so. We wanted someone who understood guard play and the skill development needed to excel at that position. We wanted someone who was excellent at building and maintaining relationships with the young man we have, as well as recruit and mentoring them during their time at Michigan. We were also looking for someone who could be an effective recruiter particularly in the State of Michigan and the footprint of the Big Ten. DeAndre answered the call in all four of those areas. He will join our staff immediately and we are excited to have him get started.”
A native of Detroit, Michigan, and a Southwestern High School graduate, Haynes was a four-year starter at point guard for Kent State (2002-06), totaling 89 wins and four postseason appearances. Haynes ranks 12th in program history with 1,259 career points and is KSU’s program leader in career assists (625) and steals (229). During his senior season in 2006, Haynes became the first Golden Flash to earn MAC Player of the Year honors. An Associated Press All-America honorable mention selection that year as well, Haynes led Kent State to the 2006 MAC regular-season and tournament titles and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
“Coaching basketball at the University of Michigan has always been a dream of mine,” said Haynes. “Being able to coach at Michigan is an amazing chance to learn under a legendary coach like John Beilein as well as the rest of the staff. I am eager to recruit and retain the very best student-athletes that Michigan has come to expect. The State of Michigan is, and will always be, home and for me and my family. It is a wonderful feeling to have this opportunity to return.
“I truly appreciate Coach Dan Muller for giving me the opportunity to work with him at Illinois State. While it was brief, it was an incredible experience. I wanted to add thanks to the Redbirds family for the support they’ve given me and my family while we were there and now with this new career path.”
In addition to Haynes appointment, Beilein elevated Chris Hunter from director of player personnel to the program’s director of basketball operations. He also hired Luke Yaklich.