Michigan basketball coach John Beilein underwent successful double-bypass heart surgery on Monday and won’t be able to join the Wolverines on their three-game, nine-day tour of Spain later this month, the university announced Tuesday morning.
Beilein is expected to leave the hospital in a few days and to resume his full activities within a few weeks. He plans to be on the sideline Nov. 6 when Michigan opens the 2018-19 season against Norfolk State in Ann Arbor.
The scheduled surgery was performed by Dr. Francis D. Pagani at Michigan’s Frankel Cardiovascular Center. In Michigan’s release, Pagani said the purpose of the procedure was “to improve blood flow to the heart, by taking a healthy artery or vein from another part of the body and grafting it to the obstructed coronary artery.”
“I feel grateful and blessed that this surgery was performed at the University of Michigan,” Beilein said. “Kathleen, and our family appreciate all of the world-class care that was provided for us. Dr. Kim Eagle, Dr. Francis Pagani, Dr. Stanley Chetcuti and all of their staffs at the Frankel Cardiovascular Center are so talented and performed like champions over this past week.
“I am going to work very hard in my rehabilitation to be stronger than ever by the time practice begins for this upcoming season.”
Beilein, 65, is entering his 12th season at Michigan after previous stops at West Virginia, Richmond, Canisius and Division II LeMoyne. He has led the Wolverines to eight NCAA tournament appearances including trips to the national title game in 2013 and 2018.
Michigan will tour Spain from August 17-26. Assistant coach Saddi Washington will serve as interim head coach during that trip.
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