John Beilein, the architect of one of the most successful runs in the history of Michigan men’s basketball, announced Monday that he was leaving to take over as the head coach of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers. The 66-year-old Beilein has been a coach at just about every level, with a career spanning over 40 years.
“Thanks to everyone at the Univ of Michigan for their incredible support these last 12 years,” the coach tweeted on Monday. “Our fans, alums, leaders, players and students are AMAZING. It has been a heck of a ride and I hope you enjoyed our teams and staff as much as I did! Go Blue Forever!”
Beilein has reportedly signed a five-year deal with Cleveland and will be tasked with rebuilding the team after LeBron James’ exit a year ago. This is not the first time his name was attached to an NBA gig: the Detroit Pistons tried to lure him away just last summer.
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