Beilein, Tara get new deals
Two highly successful college basketball coaches with Western New York ties, Michigan menâ€™s coach John Beilein and Stanford womenâ€™s coach Tara VanDerveer, have signed contract extensions with their respective schools.
Beilein, the Niagara County native and former Canisius College coach, received a three-year extension that replaces his previous contract and keeps him with the Wolverines through the 2018-19 season. The 60-year-old Beilein will make $2.45 million a year in total compensation.
The Wolverines lost to Louisville in the NCAA title game in April. Beileinâ€™s previous contract extension kept him under contract through 2015-16.
Michigan hired Beilein, 60, in March 2007, a week after he led West Virginia to the NIT championship. Beilein, whose coaching career started at Erie Community College, has a career record of 673-403.
VanDerveer, also 60, said Wednesday she signed a new deal but did not offer specifics. The Buffalo Seminary graduate had two years remaining on her previous contract, through the 2014-15 season. The Cardinal missed reaching a sixth straight Final Four in VanDerveerâ€™s 27th season at Stanford and 34th overall as a Division I head coach. She has a 742-152 Stanford record and a 894-203 won-loss record for her career.