The Cleveland Cavaliers were looking for a new head coach, and despite the various names with NBA coaching experience, the team has dipped into the college ranks in order to land their newest hire.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Michigan Wolverines' John Beilein has agreed to a five-year deal to become the next coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
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 had been with the University of Michigan since 2007, having previously coached at Canisius, Richmond and West Virginia. He led the Wolverines to nine NCAA Tournament appearances during his 12-year tenure with the program, including two Final Fours. He posted a 278-150 while at Michigan.
Larry Drew had been Cleveland's coach for the 2019 season, following the early firing of Tyronn Lue. The Cavs finished the season with a 19-63 record, finishing in 14th place in the Eastern Conference.
Beilein is locked in to be the Cavs' coach for the next five years, so the team seems pretty confident in its gamble on the former Michigan man.
The 66-year-old has connections within Cleveland's organization, as Cavaliers executive Mike Gansey was coached by Beilein during his playing days at West Virginia.