Beilein Leaves Michigan to Coach Cleveland

John Beilein leaves Michigan to become the Cleveland Cavaliers’ coach after 12 seasons.

Michigan to Cleveland

According to sources, he will receive a five-year deal. He reached an agreement with the Cavaliers on Sunday. On Monday morning he informed Michigan’s administration of his decision to leave for the NBA.

When discussing the possibility of hiring Beilein, the Cavaliers have been using the term “culture driver.” He’s a coach who has never been an assistant and climbed every level of basketball. People recognize him as one of the elite offensive tacticians and teachers in basketball.

He’s led Michigan to two Final Fours as well as four Big Ten tournament. Additionally, regular-season titles during his 12-year are in Ann Arbor.

Why now?

Before deciding to return to Michigan, Beilein, 66, has entertained thoughts about the NBA for several years. There were discussions of two franchises — the Orlando Magic and Detroit Pistons — last year before deciding to return to Michigan.

He will be joining the Cav’s front office and ownership in Chicago for the draft lottery and combine this week.

He states he loves the position the team is in to build and grow, and this was something he felt was the perfect fit for him. Beilein said in the Cavaliers’ statement, that with hard work and dedication, the team would grow day by day and create a culture of success. He says that Cleveland is a great city with amazing fans, and he looks forward to calling Cleveland home for the upcoming years.

Sources say the Cavaliers plan to surround Beilein with an experienced staff of NBA assistants.

Beilein has been free of scandal and impropriety throughout college. Recently, he has become increasingly frustrated with the nature of college basketball recruiting and the retention of top players. The loss of Michigan freshman Ignas Brazdeikis, senior Charles Matthews and sophomore Jordan Poole to the NBA draft chipped what might have been a national championship contender.