Title: Assistant Coach
With almost 15 years of college coaching experience, Saddi Washington begins his third season as an assistant coach with the University of Michigan men's basketball program.
In his two seasons with Michigan, the Wolverines have won 59 games including a program record 33 wins during the 2017-18 campaign. Winning four games in four days for two consecutive U-M claimed back-to-back Big Ten Tournament titles earning automatic bids to the NCAA Tournament.
After a NCAA Sweet 16 appearances in 2017, U-M made a run to the Final Four and national title game in 2018 -- the second appearance for the Maize and Blue in the last six years. After defeating Cinderella Loyola-Chicago in the national semifinal, the Wolverines fell to Villanova in the national title game.
Coaching U-M's big men, he helped Moritz Wagner earn All-Big Ten honors for two straight years and went on to become the 25th overall selection in the NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. It was the second U-M big man drafter under Washington after D.J. Wilson was the 17th overall pick by the Milwaukee Bucks in 2017.
Washington came to Ann Arbor after spending a decade as a member of Oakland University's coaching staff (2006-16) serving seven years as an assistant before being promoted to the associate head coach under Greg Kampe in his final three seasons.
Washington helped the Golden Grizzlies to 198 wins, with five 20-plus win seasons. Oakland made back-to-back trips to the NCAA Tournament (2010, '11) after winning two straight Summit League regular season and conference tournament titles. In addition, Oakland made four trips to the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) and to the inaugural Vegas 16 Tournament in 2016.
During his tenure Washington created a reputation for developing some of the top mid-major players in the country. Five players have led the country in a statistical category, beginning with Johnathon Jones in 2009 when he dished out 8.1 assists per game to lead the NCAA and go on to set the all-time league record with 819 assists and twice earn Mid-Major All-America and All-Summit League first team honors.
Reggie Hamilton, a two-time All-Summit League selection and a Mid-Major All-American, followed in 2012 by producing an NCAA-best 26.2 points per game, becoming the first Summit League player to lead the country in scoring.
The following season, Travis Bader made a Summit League record 139 three-pointers in 2013 to lead the nation. Also in 2013, Duke Mondy led the NCAA with 3.03 steals per game, breaking the school record with 100 in 2012-13. Bader and Mondy were the first tandem to lead the NCAA in a category inside the Summit League. Bader closed his career with an NCAA record 504 three-pointers made and was a two-time mid-major All-American.
Finally Kay Felder led the nation in assists at 9.3 per game in 2016 while also ranking fourth in scoring at 24.4 points per game. An AP All-America third team selection, Felder broke the Horizon League's all-time assist record (788) and finished his three-year career ninth on Oakland's all-time scoring list (1,765).
Before starting his coaching career serving as a volunteer assistant coach at MHSAA powerhouse Romulus High School (2005) under current Buffalo head coach Nate Oats, Washington had a seven year professional career overseas and with the CBS.
He was the No. 1-overall draft pick in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) in 1998 by the Grand Rapids Hoops and had stints in Italy, France, Greece and Israel. In 2001 he was a member of the Detroit Dogs of the ABA that won the league's inaugural championship.
A native of Lansing, Mich., Washington attended Sexton High School, where he was a four-year letterwinner in basketball and track, receiving all-state recognition in both sports in 1993. Following his prep career, he went on to start at Western Michigan.
In 1994 he was named to the Mid-American Conference (MAC) All-Freshman Team after averaging 14.0 points per game. A two-time All-MAC selection, he was a first team pick after his senior season in 1998 after scoring 626 points, averaging 21.6 per game. He helped lead the Broncos to the NCAA Tournament, where the Broncos upset Clemson in the first round.
Washington graduated in 1998, double majoring in business management and marketing. In 2010, he was inducted into his alma mater's Hall of Fame. He and his wife, Channon, have two children -- daughter, Sidney, and son, Caleb.
Title: Assistant Coach
DeAndre Haynes is in his second season with the University of Michigan men's basketball program serving as an assistant coach.
In his first season with the Maize and Blue, Haynes was instrumental in working with the Wolverine backcourt and offensive strategies. With that assistance the Wolverines posted a program record 33 wins and nearly won the national championship.
After repeating as Big Ten Tournament champions winning four games in four days for a second straight year, the Wolverines advanced to the Final Four for the second time in six years. After defeating Cinderella Loyola-Chicago in the semifinal, U-M fell to Villanova in the national title game.
Before joining the Wolverines, Haynes was hired as an assistant coach at Illinois State (May, 2017) before opportunities opened for him to return to his home state and work with the Wolverines. Prior to joining the Redbirds staff, Haynes served as an assistant coach at Toledo on head coach Tod Kowalczyk's staff during the 2016-17 season following four years as an assistant at his alma mater – Kent State – on head coach Rob Senderoff's staff (2012-16).
While at Toledo, Haynes helped the Rockets to 17 wins and a postseason appearance in the 2017 College Basketball Invitational (CBI). With Haynes as an assistant, forward Steve Taylor Jr. earned All-MAC second team honors after leading the nation with 9.9 defensive rebounds per game and ranking third nationally with 12.2 rebounds per contest. Additionally, guard Jonathan Williams received All-MAC third team accolades after ranking third in MAC scoring with 19.6 points per game.
Haynes began his coaching career in 2012 as an assistant at Kent State where he helped the Golden Flashes to the 2014-15 MAC regular-season title and a pair of CollegeInsider.com Tournament appearances, in 2013 and 2015. He was instrumental in the development of guards Kris Brewer, who earned MAC Sixth Man of the Year (2015) and All-MAC honorable mention (2014, '15) accolades, as well as guard Devareaux Manley, who earned All-MAC second team honors in 2015. Additionally, he helped coach forward Jimmy Hall to two All-MAC first team honors (2015, '16) as well as forward Chris Evans to first team honors in 2013.
Before becoming a coach, Haynes played professionally for six years in FIBA Europe with stops in Belgium, Hungary, Germany and Finland. In his final professional season, Haynes averaged 14.2 points, 4.8 assists and 4.8 rebounds per game for Finland's Namika Lappeenranta.
A native of Detroit, Michigan, and a Southwestern High School graduate, Haynes was a four-year starter at point guard for Kent State (2002-06), totaling 89 wins and four postseason appearances. Haynes ranks 12th in program history with 1,259 career points, while his 114 career starts rank second all-time. He also led the MAC in assists in the 2003-04 and 2004-05 campaigns with 5.5 and 5.8 assists per game, respectively.
Haynes is KSU's program leader in career assists (625), steals (229) and minutes (4,070). During his senior season in 2006, Haynes became the first Golden Flash to earn MAC Player of the Year honors. An Associated Press All-America honorable mention selection that year as well, Haynes led Kent State to the 2006 MAC regular season and tournament titles and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
Haynes and his wife Tierra have three sons, DeAndre Jr., Devon and Dallas.
Title: Assistant Coach
Entering his second season with University of Michigan basketball, Luke Yaklich brings the Wolverine program over 20 years of experience on the sidelines.
In his first season with Michigan, Yaklich was instrumental in transforming U-M's defensive approach as the Wolverines led the Big Ten in scoring defense for first time since 1964 and closed eighth nationally in scoring defense (63.3 points per game allowed). Overall, U-M was third in Defensive Efficiency according to the KenPom ratings (90.5).
With a strong defense mindset, U-M went on to post a program record 33 wins and nearly win the national championship. After repeating as Big Ten Tournament champions winning four games in four days for a second straight year, the Wolverines advanced to the Final Four for the second time in six years. After defeating Cinderella Loyola-Chicago in the semifinal, U-M fell to Villanova in the national title game.
Prior to joining U-M, Yaklich made the transition from high school to college coaching in 2013-14 getting hired at his alma mater Illinois State as an assistant under head coach Dan Muller.
Yaklich and Muller first teamed up as students at ISU, beginning in 1996. Yaklich served as the men's basketball manager/student assistant from 1996-98 while Muller played his final two seasons. Yaklich did his part in helping ISU to two regular-season and Missouri Valley Tournament titles, including trips to the NCAA Tournament in 1997 and 1998.
Before the start of the 2016-17 season, Yaklich was promoted to associate head coach ahead of the campaign. With the new position, he helped the Redbirds to a share of the Missouri Valley regular-season title as ISU set program records for overall victories (28), regular-season wins (25) and conference triumphs (17).
In his four years with the Redbirds, Yaklich helped guide Illinois State to an 86-50 record and three postseason berths -- the 2015 and 2017 National Invitation Tournament and 2014 College Basketball Invitational.
In addition to his coaching duties with the Redbirds, Yaklich was in charge of ISU men's basketball academics along with assisting in recruiting, scouting and working on skill development. In the fall of 2014, ISU established a team grade-point average record with a 2.99 GPA, breaking the previous mark by 0.13 points. In 2016, Justin McCloud earned a spot on the MVC Scholar-Athlete second team.
Prior to joining Illinois State, Yaklich worked as a high school head coach and teacher for 14 years, primarily teaching U.S. History at the high school level.
Yaklich was the head boys' basketball coach at Joliet Township High School in Joliet, Illinois, for six seasons (three in the combined Joliet Township program and three at Joliet West), was well as coach for the Joliet Pride and Illinois Wolves AAU teams.
In his final season with Joliet West in 2013, he guided the Tigers to the IHSA Class 4A Lockport Regional title with a 19-8 record, ending in the season advancing to the sectional semifinals. He also led the 2009-10 Joliet Township team to a 24-8 mark and the Homewood-Flossmoor Sectional Championship. For his efforts, Yaklich was named 2010 District 9 Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) Coach of the Year. Overall he finished with a 104-62 (.635) record at Joliet.
Before that his stint with Joliet, Yaklich served was the head boys' basketball coach at La Salle-Peru Township High School from 2003-07, at the Sterling High School head boys' basketball coach from 2000-03 and the head girls' basketball coach at La Salle-Peru from 1999-2000.
A La Salle, Illinois native and 1994 graduate of La Salle-Peru High School, Yaklich played his high school basketball for the Cavaliers. He graduated from Illinois State in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science degree in with endorsements for American and World History, Sociology, Political Science, Geography.
He would later earn two master's degrees from Olivet Nazarene. In 2004, he earned his Master of Education and followed in 2009 with a Master of Education Administration. In 2012, he became National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) for social studies.
He and his wife, Amy, have three children: Olivia, Griffin and Taylor.
Title: Director of Operations
Chris Hunter begins his fifth season with the University of Michigan basketball program. After spending three years as the Director of Program Personnel, Hunter was promoted to the Director of Basketball Operations in August, 2017.
In addition to handling general administration of the program, Hunter manages the Wolverines budget, scheduling, team travel, training table as well as assisting in the direction of U-M's summer basketball camps. He also continues to manage aspects of academic, admissions and financial aid support.
Hunter, who earned a Business Administration degree from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, was a key member of U-M's 2004 NIT Championship team and the 2006 NIT runner-up team. A team captain during the 2005-06 season, he played in 105 career games with 27 starts while averaging 7.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 18.0 minutes per game.
Following his four seasons in Ann Arbor, Hunter began his professional career overseas with Herens Basket of Switzerland, AZS Koszalin of Poland and Spotter Lueven of Belgium from 2006-08. He returned to the United States to play with the NBA Developmental League's Fort Wayne Mad Ants in 2008. Overall he had three stints with the Mad Ants in 47 total games, in which he scored double digits in 44. He was named to the 2009 NBADL All Star team and also served as team captain.
Hunter participated in two training camps and off season activities with the New York Knicks in 2009 -- including preseason games -- under the direction of head coach Mike D'Antoni and lead assistant coach Mike Woodson. During the 2009-10 season, he played in 60 games, starting nine, with the NBA's Golden State Warriors under Don Nelson. He highlighted the season scoring 22 points on eight field goals against the defending champion L.A. Lakers.
A native of Gary, Ind., Hunter prepped at West Side High School where he was an All-State first team performer. He and his wife, Quanda (Brown), have three children -- sons: Christopher (C.J.), Cameron and daughter: Nia.
Title: Director of Program Personnel
Former U-M head basketball manager, Chinedu Nwachukwu, returned to Ann Arbor in 2017 and begins his second season as the Wolverines Director of Program Personnel.
Prior to his return to U-M, Nwachukwu spent the 2016-17 season as the Director of Operations at Milwaukee with former U-M assistant and current Butler head coach LaVall Jordan. With the Panthers, he coordinated team travel, budget, practices and other program functions. Prior to his move to Milwaukee, Nwachukwu spent four seasons at Saginaw Valley State University as an assistant coach under Randy Baruth.
After going 21-30 during his first two seasons at SVSU, Nwachukwu helped the Cardinals go 46-17 during his final two campaigns. In 2015-16, SVSU posted a school-record 25 victories (25-8) while claiming the programs fourth-ever GLIAC championship and the first since the school transitioned to the Division II level 25 years prior.
The Cardinals added their first-ever Midwest Regional Championship and a trip to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight, all coming in the team's first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. Additionally, SVSU notched a school-record 18 GLIAC wins en route to the team's first title since the 1984-85 season.
In the 2014-15 season, SVSU posted a 21-9 overall record, including a 16-6 mark in the GLIAC, which at the time was a program record. The Cardinals qualified for the 2015 GLIAC Tournament as the No. 4 seed, where they defeated Findlay for the team's first victory in the tournament and berth in the semifinals since 1996-97.
Before joining the SVSU staff in 2012, he served as an assistant coach and head coach of the junior varsity team at the University of Findlay for two seasons. Before heading to Findlay, Nwachukwu spent three years as a student manager with the Wolverine basketball program under Beilein.
A native of Ypsilanti, Michigan, Nwachukwu graduated from Father Gabriel Richard High School in 2006. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Michigan in economics in 2010 and followed with his master's degree in business administration from Findlay in 2012.
Title: Video Analyst
Bryan Smothers is in his fifth year with the University of Michigan men's basketball program. After two years as the Wolverines graduate manager, he was hired in 2014 and begins third year as the programs video analyst..
Smothers directs all aspects of U-M's video program, including opponent scout preparation, player development videos, recruit film evaluations and analytics. Additionally, he supervises the Team Blue managerial program as well as other general office duties.
Prior to joining the Wolverine staff he was a student assistant coach at Wayne State, his alma mater, in Detroit, Mich. (2011-13). While there, he assisted with film breakdown, recruiting, day-to-day practice operations and served as the study table coordinator. During the 2013-14 season, he was elevated to the graduate assistant for the program.
Before joining the Wayne State staff, he was a four-year letterwinner (2007-11) for the Warriors. As a senior he was selected to the Daktronics All-Midwest Region Second Team and the NABC All-Midwest Region Second Team as well as voted to the All-GLIAC South Division First Team as well as the South Division All-Defensive Team.
During his career he played in 101 career games and became only the second player in Wayne State history to record 1,100 points, 300 assists and 300 rebounds. He finished 10th in school history with 1,175 career points. He also ranks second in both career free throw percentage (85.4 percent; attempted 135 more than free throws than No. 1) and minutes played (3,249; 32.1 career average).
A native of Pontiac, Mich., he prepped at Pontiac Northern High School (2004-07) where he played three years on the varsity basketball team and was voted captain his senior season.
Smothers graduated from Wayne State with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice (2011) and completed his masters of social work from U-M in 2016. He and his wife, Sandy (Abaunza), have two children -- sons: Santana and Sebastian.
Title: Graduate Manager
Jay Shunnar is in his first year with the University of Michigan's men's basketball program serving as the program's graduate manager.
Shunnar's responsibilities includes analyzing film, providing analytics to prepare scouting reports and assist in game planning, helping the coaching staff with on-campus recruiting events and co-supervising the student managerial program. During the summer, he assists in coordinating coaching staff recruiting schedules and helps in directing the John Beilein Basketball camps.
Prior to joining the Wolverines, Shunnar spent the last two years (2016-18) as the head coach of Ann Arbor Huron High School's boys' basketball team, while also working as a supervisor with Hewlett Packard. During his time with the River Rat program, he compiled a 33-11 record, had four players named all-conference first team and Washtenaw County Dream Team and helped six players move on to college basketball programs.
Before assuming the head coaching duties he was an assistant with Huron for one season (2015-16) after spending three seasons at nearby Ann Arbor Skyline High School (2012-15). In addition to his prep coaching, he was the head coach of Common Bond, an AAU program for U15-U17 throughout southeast Michigan, for three years (2012-15). He adds camp coaching experiences at Illinois' and Toledo's basketball camps while helping organize a yearly camp for former Wolverine Caris LeVert at Huron High School.
No stranger to collegiate basketball, Shunner was a walk-on at Toledo in 2008 and spent three seasons with the Rockets before transferring as a senior to Michigan to complete his undergraduate degree in Material Sciences from U-M's College of Engineering.
As a sophomore Shunnar played in 30 games off the bench for the Rockets highlighting that season with 16 points against IPFW (Dec. 10, 2009). The following season he started 20 of 32 games, averaging 5.6 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. He posted eight double figure scoring games including a career-best 20 points against Central Michigan (March 1) finishing the game 8-for-9 from the field with three 3-pointers.
A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Shunnar graduated from Huron High School (2008). He was a two-year varsity basketball player averaging 15.0 points and 6.0 rebound as a senior, while garnering All-Conference and All-Area first team selection in addition to earning All-State honorable mention honors.
Shunnar is beginning work on a masters in Higher Education from the U-M School of Education.
Title: Head Strength and Conditioning Coach
Jon Sanderson has been the head strength and conditioning coach for the University of Michigan men's and women's golf programs as well as the U-M basketball team since 2009.
Regarded as one of the top golf/basketball strength and conditioning coaches in the business, Sanderson is the only strength and conditioning coach in NCAA history to participate in a Final Four as a player (Ohio State in 1999) and a coach (Michigan in 2013 & 2018).
Sanderson's work with the U-M men's golf program has yielded eight NCAA postseason appearances with five team and three individual as well as a top 10 finish at the NCAA Finals in 2011 (t-10th). In additional to postseason successes, the Maize and Blue has collected 42 top-five team finishes with six titles and 15 individual medalist honors. Sanderson has been instrumental in the development of All-America golfers Lion Kim (2011) and Kyle Mueller (2017) as well as All-Big Ten golfers Kim (2010, '11), Matt Thompson (2010, '12), Chris O'Neill (2014), and Mueller (2015, '16, '17, and '18).
Additionally, with the help of Sanderson's program, Kim compete in the 2011 Masters, while Mueller played in the 2016 U.S. Open and three straight U.S, Amateur Championship (2015, '16, '17) and Nick Carlson, a semifinalist at the 2016 U.S. Amateur.
With the women's golf program, Sanderson has five NCAA regional appearances -- four team and one individual. In 2016, the women's team advanced to the program's second ever trip to the NCAA Finals finishing tied for 18th. The following year, the Wolverines repeated the feat advancing again and tying for 16th -- the highest finish in U-M history.
Individually, Sanderson's work with Elodie Van Dievoet helped propel her to the program's first Big Ten Championship with a record-setting 210 (-6) performance helping her earn the program's first women's golf All-America honor. Sanderson has also been instrumental in the development of All-Big Ten golfers Ashley Bauer (2010), Yugene Lee (2012), Grace Choi (2016), Catherine Peters (2016) and Van Dievoet (2017).
Before joining the Michigan staff, Sanderson spent three years (2006-09) working at Clemson as the men's and women's basketball strength and conditioning coach, as well as the director of the Littlejohn Coliseum weight room. During Sanderson's time at Clemson, the men's basketball team won 20 or more games for three straight seasons -- a first in program history. Also, during those three seasons, only North Carolina and Duke had more wins than Clemson in the ACC.
Prior to his time at Clemson, he served as the head strength and conditioning coach and sports nutrition coordinator for Olympic sports at Marshall University (2003-06). Before heading to Marshall, Sanderson was a strength and conditioning intern at North Carolina, working with the men's basketball program (2002-03).
Throughout Sanderson's career with the U-M basketball program, he has trained 11 student-athletes that have gone on to play professional basketball in the NBA, including Michigan's Darius Morris, Manny Harris, Tim Hardaway, Jr., Trey Burke, Nik Stauskas, Mitch McGary, Glenn Robinson III, Caris LeVert, D.J. Wilson, Derrick Walton, Jr. and Moritz Wagner.
Sanderson received both his bachelor's in communication (2001) and master's in recreation and sport sciences (2002) from Ohio University. Sanderson's professional certifications include Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA); Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified (CSCCa); Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach (NSCA); United States Weightlifting Level 1 Club Coach (USAW); Functional Movement Systems Level 1 (FMS); Titleist Performance Institute Level 1 (TPI); and CPR/AED Certified (American Red Cross).
A native of Mansfield, Ohio, Sanderson played college basketball at Ohio State University (1997-99) and Ohio University (2000-02). Sanderson was the starting small forward on Ohio State's 1999 Final Four team.
Sanderson and his wife Jennifer (Sessor) have three children, Jonathan and twins, Joshua and Jillian, and reside in Saline, Michigan.
Title: Associate Athletic Trainer
Hired by Athletic Department: 2015
Credentials: MS, AT, ATC, NASM-CES
2013 - 2015 Associate Athletic Trainer, Northwestern University
2006 - 2013 Athletic Trainer, The Ohio State University
2004 - 2006 Assistant Athletic Trainer, Quinnipiac University
2003 - 2004 Head Athletic Trainer, Damonte Ranch High School
2000 - 2001 Season Assistant, Minnesota Vikings
Doctor of Athletic Training, A.T. Still University, Anticipated graduation 2019
Master of Science, University of Oregon, 2003
Bachelor of Science, University of New Hampshire, 2000
Board of Certification Certified Athletic Trainer
State of Michigan Licensed Athletic Trainer
American Heart Association CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider
American Red Cross Standard First Aid
M-1 Graston Technique Certified
National Academy of Sports Medicine Corrective Exercise Specialist (NASM-CES)
Owens Recovery Science Blood Flow Restriction Training Rehabilitation
National Athletic Trainer's Association
Michigan Athletic Trainer's Society
Great Lakes Athletic Trainer's Association
Professional Interests: Improving health-related quality of life, functional rehabilitation, injury prevention strategies and student education
Hobbies: Spending time with family, running and cycling
Hometown: Redmond, Washington