The Cleveland Cavaliers believe that they have found the man to lead their rebuild and their franchise in the post-LeBron James Era.
The Cavs agreed to a five-year deal with former University of Michigan coach John Beilein to serve as the team’s head coach on Sunday.
Beilein informed the university of his decision early on Monday and will reportedly join the Cavs immediately, helping the team with NBA Draft scouting and preparation.
The 66-year-old Beilein’s story is quite incredible as he now takes over the reins of an NBA franchise. Beilein began his career as the head coach of Newfane High School in upstate New York back in the late 1970s. From there, he went on to coach junior college teams, lower division NCAA teams, and then Canisius and Richmond after making the jump from Division 1.
Then, he joined the West Virginia Mountaineers as head coach from 2002-2007 and then the University of Michigan until now.
Beilein reached two Final Fours in his time with Michigan and even won the 2018 National Coach of the Year Award. He accumulated a 754-425 record in his tenure as a college coach, and he’ll finally make the leap to the pros.
Cleveland chose Beilein reportedly due to his impeccable character and his experience instilling a positive culture in his teams. Beilein also has ample experience with young players, having spent the entirety of his career up until now in the amateur ranks.
He will now be tasked with rebuilding the Cleveland Cavaliers, the 2016 NBA Champions that fell off of a cliff after LeBron James’ departure.