U-M Coach John Beilein Joins With Michigan Ross for New Online Course


When Michigan Ross Professor Scott DeRue was looking for guest lecturers for his Leading People and Teams online course, he figured a slam-dunk candidate was right down State St. — Michigan Men’s Basketball Coach John Beilein.

He was right. Beilein has coached Michigan since 2007 and is regarded as one of the game’s top tacticians. But he’s also proved to be a great leader of people.

MGoBlue TV has a video and more information on the partnership.

I've witnessed firsthand over the past four years how effective Coach Beilein is at building and developing the team,” says DeRue, associate dean for Executive Education at Ross. “The business school is trying to add value to athletics, and athletics adds value to the business school. And this is a perfect partnership in that regard.”

Students of DeRue’s Coursera course draw knowledge from Beilein’s 40 years of coaching experience in the Influencing People and Leading Teams portions of the class.

“I’ve never had two teams that are the same,” Beilein told MGoBlue TV. “As soon as you sit back and think ‘OK, these guys are in good shape,’ you’ll have a brand new issue that you’d never thought you’d see in your life and you’ll have to deal with it.”

Leading People and Teams, known as a massive open online course, or MOOC, starts Dec. 21.

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