Published: Wed, May 15, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Michigan's Beilein agrees to become Cavs' coach

Michigan's Beilein agrees to become Cavs' coach

After almost thirty years and 571 wins in Division I basketball, Beilein will attempt to test his mettle at the game's highest level with a team facing one of the biggest turnaround efforts in the league.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the deal will be for five years. "He has a unique ability to create an outstanding culture that will promote the development of young players and provide a solid structure to the entire program; not to mention the fact that John Beilein wins everywhere he goes". However, he's spent six years as an assistant coach for the Heat and has earned a stellar reputation along the way.

University of MI basketball coach John Beilein is leaving for the NBA.

Beilein was able to replicate his small-school success on the big stage at West Virginia, where he recorded a 104-60 overall record in Morgantown and took the Mountaineers to a pair of Sweet 16 appearances.

Cleveland Cavaliers Chairman Dan Gilbert said he couldn't be more thrilled to have Beilein as the new head coach.

Ex-Memphis Grizzlies head coach J.B. Bickerstaff is expected to soon discuss the possibility of an associate head coaching role with Beilein, adds Wojnarowski, citing sources.

Beilein is replacing Larry Drew, who was named head coach after Tyronn Lue was sacked. In addition to his two Final Four appearances, Beilein has won Big Ten titles at MI in 2012 and 2014, and he won the Big Ten Tournament in 2017 and 2018. The 2018-19 season marked their first season since LeBron James left for a second time and it ended on a 10-game losing streak.

Although this will be Beilein's National Basketball Association debut, this isn't the firs time he's contemplated a jump to the professional ranks. His college coaching career began in 1978 at Erie Community College, going from there to Nazareth and then Le Moyne.

Cleveland's roster will get a major upgrade in next month's draft, and if the pingpong balls bounce their way again in the lottery, the Cavs could wind up with Duke All-American Zion Williamson, who electrified college hoops as a freshman. He also coached one of the first nationally known stretch big men while at WVU in Martinsburg native Kevin Pittsnogle. "Obviously we hope we get the best player".

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