Michigan's Beilein agrees to become Cavs' coach

Ross Houston
May 14, 2019

Cleveland has signed former MI coach John Beilein to a five-year contract.

The University of MI also confirmed the news on Monday morning.

Talks between the Cavaliers and Beilein escalated quickly over the weekend with a deal reached on Sunday.

Beilein is the father of Patrick Beilein, current head basketball coach at Niagara University.


Beilein has coached the Wolverines since 2007 and just previous year signed a contract through the 2022-23 season. He is the winningest coach in school history and led the team to the NCAA championship game in 2013 and 2018.

It's OK to be happy about the Wolverines losing their best coach in decades and a top-five coach in the country, but what he brought to the rivalry and the amount of respect he showed to Michigan State and the game of basketball will be missed.

Beilein also previously coached at Nazareth College in Rochester, West Virginia University, Canisius College in Buffalo and Richmond University.

Last year, Beilein was among those who interviewed for the Detroit Pistons' coaching vacancy.


The Cavaliers struggled mightily last season as they acclimated themselves to life without LeBron James.

Beilein replaces Larry Drew, who finished last season after Tyronn Lue was sacked six games into the campaign.

As far as returning talent goes, Beilein will have a relatively young core of Collin Sexton and Cedi Osman to work with out of the gates.


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