Beilein, Webber and Ritter selected for Michigan Sports Hall of Fame class of 2022

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DETROIT, Mich. – University of Michigan Basketball Legends John Beilein and Chris Webber and national champion softball pitcher Jennie Ritter are part of the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame Class of 10 of 2022, scheduled to be inducted Saturday, Sept. 10 at the Sound Board at Motor City Casino.

Joining Beilein, Webber and Ritter, the Class of 2022 includes former Detroit Piston great Chauncey Billups, former San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates, Duke and NBA star Shane Battier, Olympic gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White (ice skating), former Detroit Red Wing and TV analyst Mickey Redmond and former Western Michigan athletic director Kathy Beauregard.

With 53 Wolverines already inducted into the MSHOF, Beilein and Webber become the seventh and eighth enshrined programs. They join Bennie Oosterbaan (1958), Pete Elliott (1983), Cazzie Russell (1991), Rudy Tomjanovich (1995), Glen Rice (2007) and Jalen Rose (2017).

Ritter joins Class of 2011 inductee Carole Hutchins, his head coach, as the only two UM softball representatives enrolled in the MSHOF. Overall, Ritter becomes the fifth softball player to join the exclusive club.

Tickets for the Sound Board induction ceremonies are available now.

John Beilein

Beilein spent four decades patrolling the college backstage before embarking on a professional NBA career. Known as an offensive innovator and one of the brightest minds in the game, he compiled a college record of 829-468 in 41 years. With 23 20+ seasons, he posted a winning record in 35 of them, placing him in the top 10 for career wins among active Division I head coaches.

During his career, Beilein has made 20 playoff trips — 13 in the NCAA Tournament, six in the NIT and one in the Division II NCAA Tournament. Along with the nine trips to the Big Dance with UM alone, Beilein is one of 14 coaches to have taken four different schools to the NCAA Tournament – ​​Canisius (1996), Richmond (1998), West Virginia (2005, ’06) and Michigan ( 2009, ’11, ’12, ’13, ’14, ’16, ’17, ’18, ’19).

In 12 seasons in Ann Arbor, Beilein slotted the Wolverines into one of the nation’s elite programs, bringing corn and blue to the Final Four as well as a pair of national title games (2013 and 2018) while by becoming the winningest coach in school history with 278 overall. Under Beilein, the Wolverines added two Big Ten championships (2012, ’14) and back-to-back Big Ten tournament titles (2017, ’18).

The 2013 Big Ten Coach of the Year, Beilein earned 18 Wolverines All-Big Ten honors and guided Trey Burke to 2012 Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors and 2013 Big Ten Player of the Year honors the following season. . Nik Stauskas gave UM the Big Ten Players of the Year in 2014, while Duncan Robinson was recognized as the first Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year in 2018. Ignas Brazdeikis became the second Big Ten Freshman in the year under Beilein in 2019.

Nationally, Burke became the second Wolverine in program history to receive consensus National and All-America Player of the Year honors in 2013, joining UM legend Cazzie Russell. Along with his national honors in 2013, Burke added the John R. Wooden Award, the Oscar Robertson Award, the Naismith Trophy and the Bob Cousy Award for the nation’s top point guard.

Professionally, Beilein has mentored nine Wolverines in the NBA Draft: Daris Morris (2011, No. 41 overall), Burke (2013, No. 9), Tim Hardaway, Jr. (2013, No. 24), Stauskas (2014 , No. 9). 8), Mitch McGary (2014, No. 21), Glenn Robinson III (2014, No. 40), Caris LeVert (2016, No. 20), DJ Wilson (2017, No. 17) and Moritz Wagner (2018, No . . 25).

Before coming to Ann Arbor, Beilein had great success in West Virginia (2002-07). Under his leadership, the Mountaineers compiled a 104-60 record and earned four consecutive playoff berths, including two consecutive Sweet 16 appearances in 2005 and 2006. Prior to moving to Morgantown, Beilein spent five years with Richmond (1997-2002), finishing with a 100-53 (.654) record to give him the second-highest winning percentage in school basketball history.

Beilein spent five years at Canisius (1992-97), guiding the Golden Griffins to the 1994 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title and three consecutive playoff appearances, including the 1995 NIT Semifinals and 1996 NCAA Tournament. Before Canisius , Beilein transformed a once dismal Le Moyne side into a Division II contender in his nine seasons (1983-92). In 1987-88, Le Moyne won a school-record 24 games, was crowned Middle East Conference champion, and earned a berth in the Division II tournament.

Chris Webber

A high school phenom at Detroit Country Day School, Webber was named McDonald’s All-American Game MVP, Michigan’s Mr. Basketball and Naismith Prep Player of the Year in 1991. En route to Ann Arbor, Webber helped change the game college basketball as a member of the famous Fab Five.

Starting every game of his two-year UM career (70), Webber averaged a double-double, scoring 1,210 points (17.4 ppg) and grabbing 702 rebounds (10.0 rpg). His 175 blocks still rank third all-time. Although the UM program later accepted NCAA sanctions, Webber was instrumental in the Wolverines reaching back-to-back NCAA Final Fours and qualifying for back-to-back national title games (1992 , 1993).

The USBWA National Rookie of the Year in 1992, he added Big Ten Freshman of the Year and All-Big Ten Second Team honors in 1992, as well as All-America honorable mentions . The following season, Webber became the fourth Wolverine to be named to the consensus first-team All-American and added first-team All-Big Ten honors. Choosing to leave early for the NBA, Webber was selected No. 1 overall in the 1993 NBA Draft, joining Cazzie Russell as the only two Wolverines to be selected No. 1 overall.

During his 15-year NBA career, Webber played for five different franchises: Golden State, Washington, Sacramento, Philadelphia and Detroit. NBA Rookie of the Year in 1994, he was a five-time NBA All-Star (1997, 2000-2003) and earned All-NBA First Team honors in 2001. Playing in 831 career games , he achieved a score of 20.7 points. average and 9.8 rebounds per game – leading the league in 1999 (13.0 rpg). Following his professional playing career, Webber spent 13 years as an analyst at TNT’s Inside the NBA.

In 2021 he was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame – just the second Wolverine to do so (Rudy Tomjanovich).

Jennie Ritter

2005 United States Softball Player of the Year and Big Ten Female Athlete of the Year Suzy Favor, Ritter pitched 53 of 55 total innings at the Women’s College World Series, posting an ERA of 0 .92, 60 strikeouts and a .145 oppose average to lead UM to its first NCAA title. She was a two-time NFCA First-Team All-American (2005, 2006) and was named the 2005 Big Ten Pitcher of the Year and the 2006 Big Ten Tournament MVP.

Ritter has Michigan career bests in six pitching categories and still ranks in the top five in wins (98), strikeouts (1,205), shutouts (43), no-hitters (five ) and innings pitched (835). She also remains the program’s single-season record holder in wins (38, 2005) and strikeouts (451, 2006). She earned her bachelor’s degree in engineering in 2007 and spent five years playing with the United States Women’s National Team and in the professional ranks. She was inducted into the Michigan Athletics Hall of Honor in 2018.

Ritter is the first Michigan softball alumnus to be inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame and joins her college coach Carol Hutchins, who was inducted in 2011.

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