Cleveland Cavaliers hire Michigan’s John Beilein as head coach

Cleveland Cavaliers hire Michigan’s John Beilein as head coach
Michigan coach John Beilein speaks during a news conference at the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament in Des Moines, Iowa, Friday, March 22, 2019,. Michigan faces Florida in the second round on Saturday. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) (Source: Nati Harnik)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Cleveland Cavaliers hired John Beilein as head coach, according to the front office.

The 66-year-old coach just wrapped up his 12th season with the Michigan Wolverines.

He released a statement via Twitter thanking the University of Michigan just after 10 a.m. Monday, May 13.

“I felt very strongly about this new and exciting opportunity with the Cavaliers. I am very thankful to Dan Gilbert and Koby Altman and honored to be the head coach of the Cavaliers,” said Beilein in a news release.

Beilein has an 829-468 record as a collegiate head coach.

“John is one of the most accomplished and innovative basketball minds and leaders in the entire game. 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,” said Cleveland Cavaliers General Manager Koby Altman in a news release.

This is his first coaching gig in the NBA; he has coached high school, junior college, Division I, II, and III.

Current Cavs shooting guard Nik Stauskas played under Beilein in Michigan.

Beilein will sign a five-year deal.

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