Published: Wed, May 15, 2019
Sports | By Phillip Butler

John Beilein Hired as Cleveland Cavaliers' New Head Coach

John Beilein Hired as Cleveland Cavaliers' New Head Coach

On Monday morning, news broke that University of MI head coach John Beilein was leaving the Wolverines and taking over as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

ESPN's report of the hiring on Monday morning also occurred after general manager Koby Altman and several members of the organization spent a couple days in Denver, where they interviewed four up-and-coming National Basketball Association assistant coaches.

John Beilein emerged as the favorite to fill the Cleveland Cavaliers head coaching vacancy after meeting in person with Dan Gilbert while Koby Altman interviewed candidates in Denver.

Beilein racked up 278 wins while at MI with nine NCAA tournament appearances, two appearances in the Final Four, and two Big Ten season championships and two Big Ten Tournament titles.

Head coach Erik Spoelstra and assistant coach Juwan Howard of the Miami Heat direct the team against the Philadelphia 76ers during the first half at American Airlines Arena on November 12, 2018 in Miami, Florida. He had talks with the Detroit Pistons past year when they were in the market for a new coach, but he said he was never offered that job. Drew took over after the team fired Tyronn Lue in October.

The Cavs are rebuilding following a 19-63 season that followed the departure of LeBron James.

Financials terms of Beilein's contract have not been released. Star forward Kevin Love underwent foot surgery in November, effectively ending any thought the Cavaliers entertained of competing for a playoff spot.

No other Big Ten team returns a first-team All-American.

"Would have been easy to kind of fold and whatever, just get steamrolled the last however many games and nobody learned anything, chucked shots and played pick-up basketball, but I don't think we did that", Cavs forward Larry Nance Jr. said.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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