The University of Michigan hired Tommy Amaker on 3-29-2001 as the men’s basketball head coach. Many experts on college basketball have labeled Amaker as one of the best young coaches in the game. Amaker played and starred at Duke University. He was voted the national defensive player of the year while he was there. His first coaching experience was as an assistant under Coach K. He moved on to Seton Hall where he helped rebuild the Pirates. His last season at SH culminated with a freshmen recruiting class rated #1 in the nation.
Amaker’s assistant coaching staff are comprised of Chuck Swenson, Charles Ramsey, Bill Schmidt, and Kirsten Green. Of the four coaches, Green will handle non-basketball issues with her administrative coaching position. Ramsey has been mentioned by newspapers as one of the two assistant coaches designated with recruiting priviledges. He comes to Michigan from California where he was an assistant coach to Ben Braun since Braun’s days at Eastern Michigan.
Ramsey’s responsibilities in open practice dealt with handling small forwards and guards. Schmidt, an assistant with Amaker at Seton Hall, handled the post players and power forwards. Swenson acts as Amaker’s assistant head coach. Swenson handled recruiting and coaching guards while working at Penn State previous to his arrival at Michigan. Schmidt has been described as having held one of the designated recruiting positions (each team is limited to having two coaches with such responsibilities).
Michigan promoted Andy Moore to fill the vacant assistant coach position. They also hired Lucien St. Gerard as the program’s administrative assistant.
Bill Schmidt left Michigan to take an assistant coaching position at Dayton.