CLEVELAND, Ohio (WKBN) – The Cleveland Cavaliers have named Michigan’s John Beilein as their next head coach.
He has reportedly agreed to a five-year contract with the Cavaliers.
In a release from the team, Cavalier’s General Manager Koby Altman said, “We conducted a deep and thorough search to find the best possible candidate for the next head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. We interviewed several strong and talented candidates who, no doubt, will get an opportunity to become an NBA head coach somewhere down the line,” said Altman. “Following the end of those interviews, it became clear to us that Coach Beilein was the right choice and best fit for our franchise.”
Altman added, “John is one of the most accomplished and innovative basketball minds and leaders in the entire game. He has a unique ability to create an outstanding culture that will promote the development of young players and provide a solid structure to the entire program; not to mention the fact that John Beilein wins everywhere he goes. We are excited Coach Beilein is joining our organization as we continue to build the foundation that any enterprise needs to be successful and competitive year in and year out.”
The 66-year old Beilein has spent the past twelve seasons heading up the Wolverines’ program.
Beilein has led the Wolverines to two Final Four appearances, two Big Ten Tournament titles, and multiple Sweet Sixteen appearances. He has posted a college record of 829-468 and a 26-13 record in the NCAA Tournament.
“We could not be more thrilled to name John Beilein as the new coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers,” said Cav’s team owner Dan Gilbert. “First, John is a great human being. He cares deeply about his players and others who work for him and around him. He defines the words class, integrity and character. He is a tireless worker who obsesses about finding better ways and the inches that will help his team and the organization grow. John is a brilliant basketball mind and last but not least, John Beilein is a winner. I also want to thank Koby and his hardworking staff for turning over every rock while relentlessly searching for our new head coach since the minute this past season ended. It is no surprise that Koby and his team landed on John Beilein as great cultures attract others who hold the same values as the foundation for everything they do. I can’t wait for next season to begin.”
John Beilein has coached at every level… from Newfane high school, to Erie Community College, to programs at the Division I, II, and III level. He leaves the University of Michigan with this message:
“I want to thank the University of Michigan for what has been a truly special home and remarkable place for my family and I for the last 12 years,” says Beilein. “We have achieved great success together and we could not have done it without the incredible support of our administration, coaches, players, staff, students, fans and the entire university community. We shared some of the best moments of my life together and I will always be grateful for that, ” said Beilein. “At the same time, I felt very strongly about this new and exciting opportunity with the Cavaliers. I am very thankful to Dan Gilbert and Koby Altman and honored to be the head coach of the Cavaliers. I love the position the team is in to build and grow and this was something I felt was the perfect fit for me. With hard work and dedication by all of us, we will grow this team day by day and reinforce a culture of success that sustains itself with strong core values. Cleveland is a great city with amazing fans and I am really looking forward to calling Cleveland home for years to come.”
The NBA Draft Lottery will take place on Tuesday night. The Cavaliers have a 14% chance of landing the #1 overall pick.