Dusty May hired as new Michigan coach after successful run at FAU, guiding Owls to Final Four in 2023, replacing Juwan Howard

Dusty May hired as new Michigan coach after successful run at FAU, guiding Owls to Final Four in 2023, replacing Juwan Howard

Florida Atlantic coach Dusty May, known for his basketball coaching origins as a team manager for Indiana under Bob Knight in the 1990s, is making a return to the Big Ten Conference. Following his team’s exit from the 2024 NCAA Tournament, May agreed to become the new coach of the Michigan Wolverines. He signed a five-year contract with the school, as announced by school president Santa Ono shortly after CBS Sports broke the news. May, 47, achieved success at FAU with consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and 60 wins over the past two seasons, including a surprising run to the Final Four in 2023.

May is stepping into the role previously held by Juwan Howard, who was recently dismissed after a disappointing season. Despite Howard’s previous success, Michigan struggled during his final two seasons, finishing last in the Big Ten with a 3-17 record this season. May’s hiring at Michigan comes as a result of his reputation as one of the rising stars in coaching, with other schools like Louisville and Vanderbilt also interested in his services. May’s success at FAU, where he instilled a culture of success in a historically underperforming program, makes him an attractive candidate for any program looking to rebuild and compete at a high level.

Returning to the Big Ten will be a somewhat nostalgic journey for May, as an Indiana University graduate who began his coaching career under Bob Knight. Throughout his coaching journey at various collegiate programs, May has earned recognition for his dedication and hard work in the sport. His experience and track record bode well for Michigan as they aim to regain prominence in college basketball’s powerhouse conference. May’s return to the Big Ten is not only a career milestone but also an opportunity to continue his coaching legacy at a prestigious program with a rich basketball tradition.

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