Michigan's John Beilein To Coach Cleveland Cavaliers


Cleveland will provide Beilein with his first crack at National Basketball Association success after the 66-year-old coach flourished at the high school and college levels.

New Cavaliers coach John Beilein is expected to discuss a possible lead assistant role with former Memphis Grizzlies coach J.B. Bickerstaff, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. He's coached for four schools (Canisius, Richmond, West Virginia, and Michigan), and taken all of them to the NCAA Tournament.

Beilein acknowledged the university in a tweet from his account Monday that read: "Thanks to everyone at the Univ of MI for their incredible support these last 12 years".

Beilein officially left MI after 12 years to become coach of the Cavs on Monday.

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You may recall that he met with the Detroit Pistons a year ago about a coaching position. Considered one of the most innovative offensive tacticians at any level of basketball, Beilein led MI to two Final Fours and four Big Ten titles during his time in Ann Arbor.

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

The Detroit Pistons and Orlando Magic both pursued Beilein during their coaching searches previous year, but he chose to remain in Ann Arbor. The Cavaliers fired Tyronn Lue after an 0-6 start, subsequently naming Larry Drew interim head coach.

If Michigan were to call, it wouldn't be the first team to show interest.