The Cleveland Cavaliers have officially hired a new head coach.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Cleveland has hired the University of Michigan’s basketball coach John Beilein as their next head coach, signing him to a five-year contract.
Beilein has never coached in the NBA but the 66-year-old did interview for the Detroit Pistons job last year before deciding to remain with Michigan.
He’s worked his way up the coaching ranks since starting at Erie Community College back in 1975 before making stops at Nazareth, Le Moyne, Canisius, Richmond, and West Virginia before he became the basketball coach at Michigan in 2007.
During his twelve-year run with the Wolverines, Beilein took them from a 10-win program his first season there to a consistent contender in the Big Ten Conference with two conference championships and nine trips to the NCAA Tournament including two Final Four appearances in 2013 and 2018.
In total his coaching record is 754-425 over his 41-year career in the college ranks.
There was always the scuttle that Cleveland could try and go get a big name or college coach based on owner Dan Gilbert’s track record but there were never reports of any interviews except the Rick Pitino rumor which the team quickly denied.
Now Cleveland has their head coach as they head towards perhaps the biggest NBA Draft lottery in the franchise’s history since winning the lottery in 2003 which led to drafting Lebron James. Hopefully, lightning can strike twice and net them Duke’s Zion Williamson.