The Cleveland Cavaliers have gone into the college coaching ranks to hire John Beilein of Michigan to be their next head coach. He will be getting a five-year contract according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowksi.
Michigan’s John Beilein has agreed to a five-year deal to become coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 13, 2019
Beilein has been coaching Division I basketball for the past 27 years with stops at Canisius, Richmond, West Virginia and Michigan. He has a career record of 571-325 in Division I.
After leading West Virginia to a few solid tournament runs and an NIT Championship he was hired by Michigan to revamp their program. He did so, as he made two Final Fours over his 12 seasons at Michigan. They made the National Championship Games in each of those years, but fell to Louisville (2013) and Villanova (2018) respectively.
He will take over a Cleveland team that won just 19 games last season. The five-year contract he was given by the Cavs indicates he’ll have time to build their roster to compete. Beilein will have good starting blocks to work with in Collin Sexton and a potentially high pick in the 2019 NBA Draft (NBA Draft Lottery is May 14).