FAU's Dusty May set to become Michigan head coach after March Madness elimination: report

A day after his Florida Atlantic Owls were bounced out of March Madness, Dusty May is reportedly moving on.

The 47-year-old has reportedly agreed to become the next head coach of the Michigan Wolverines.

Michigan fired Fab Five member Juwan Howard earlier this year.


Head coach Dusty May of the Florida Atlantic Owls reacts in the first half against the Northwestern Wildcats in the first round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Barclays Center on March 22, 2024 in New York City.  (Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

This season marked a low point for the Wolverines. The team finished with just eight wins and a program record 24 losses. The Wolverines ended the season on a nine-game losing streak.

May led the Owls to a surprise Final Four appearance in 2022-23 – they went 25-9 this season and 14-4 in their conference.

FAU was bounced as an eight-seed to No. 9 Northwestern. The Wildcats led by nine with eight minutes left, but FAU responded with a 13-2 run of its own to take the lead. FAU’s Vlad Goldin went to the line for a one-and-one with 26 seconds left and a two-point lead, but he missed after making his previous six, giving the Cats a chance for the last shot. Brooks Barnhizer tied it with a layup with nine seconds left, and FAU’s potential buzzer beater was blocked, sending the game to overtime.

Florida Atlantic head coach Dusty May directs his team in the first half of an Elite 8 college basketball game against Kansas State in the NCAA Tournament’s East Region final, Saturday, March 25, 2023, in New York.  (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)


The overtime period was all Wildcats, as they knocked down all five of their shot attempts while FAU missed its first four, and it was too late for another Owls comeback.

May went 126-69 in his six years at Florida Atlantic, finishing with winning records in each of those seasons — and seeing the victories really pile up in the last two years.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MARCH 25: Head coach Dusty May of the Florida Atlantic Owls celebrates with the team after defeating the Kansas State Wildcats in the Elite Eight round game of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 25, 2023 in New York City.  (Elsa/Getty Images)

FAU was May’s first stop as a head coach. He was previously an assistant at Florida, Louisiana Tech, UAB, Murray State and Eastern Michigan, started his coaching career as an administrative assistant and video coordinator at USC — and before all that, graduated from Indiana, where he was a manager under Bob Knight.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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