Juwan Howard accepts offer to become MI basketball coach

Ross Houston
May 23, 2019

Heat assistant Juwan Howard has agreed to a five-year deal to become the Wolverines' head coach.

Juwan Howard has reached agreement on a five-year contract to be the next head coach of MI. According to Rothstein, a press conference can be expected either late this week or early next week.

He is replacing John Beilein, who left MI after 12 seasons and two trips to the national title game to coach the Cleveland Cavaliers. Michigan's search was rumored to have included Providence coach Ed Cooley, Texas coach Shaka Smart and Texas Tech coach Chris Beard, in addition to National Basketball Association coaches Billy Donovan and Brad Stevens.

Howard most recently served as an assistant for the Miami Heat from 2013-2019.

Howard was most recently an assistant coach with the Miami Heat after a playing career in the National Basketball Association.

Two of Howard's former Miami teammates, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, tweeted their approval of Michigan's decision to hire Howard after reports first surfaced Tuesday.

According to Stadium's Jeff Goodman, Howard is getting a five-year deal from MI.

Howard, a MI alum, was a key member of the "Fab Five" recruiting class.

Howard will replace John Beilein as head coach. He'd been on Erik Spoelstra's staff since retiring from his 19-year playing career in 2013 and was one of the candidates for the Lakers' head coaching job this offseason. He is a terrific leader and mentor, which translates very well to the collegiate level. He won two NBA championships with the Heat, in 2012 and '13, and earned NBA All-Star honors in 1996. "He will forever be a champion and part of the Heat family".

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