CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Cleveland Cavaliers hired John Beilein as head coach, according to the front office.
The 66-year-old coach just wrapped up his 12th season with the Michigan Wolverines.
He released a statement via Twitter thanking the University of Michigan just after 10 a.m. Monday, May 13.
“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,” said Beilein in a news release.
Beilein has an 829-468 record as a collegiate head coach.
“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,” said Cleveland Cavaliers General Manager Koby Altman in a news release.
This is his first coaching gig in the NBA; he has coached high school, junior college, Division I, II, and III.
Current Cavs shooting guard Nik Stauskas played under Beilein in Michigan.
Beilein will sign a five-year deal.