Juwan Howard

Juwan Howard (born February 7, 1973)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: Michigan Wolverines
Current conference: Big Ten Conference
Michigan record: 61-32 (.656)
Overall record: 61-32 (.656)

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Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2019-present Michigan
2013-2019 Miami Heat (asst)

Juwan Howard Facts

  • Juwan Antonio Howard
  • Born February 7, 1973
  • Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
  • Alma Mater: University of Michigan (BA, 1995)
  • Grew up on the South Side of Chicago, attending and playing basketball at Chicago Vocational Career Academy
    • Named a Parade All-American and McDonald’s All-American in 1991; also chosen for the National Honor Society
  • Chose to attend Michigan, where he was a member of what the media dubbed the “Fab Five” freshman
    • Playing alongside fellow freshmen Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson, the Wolverines took college basketball by storm and became a huge marketing opportunity for the school
    • Four McDonald’s All-Americans going to the same school in the same class was a record that stood until 2013
    • Coached by Steve Fisher, the “Fab Five” led Michigan to back-to-back NCAA runner-up finishes (1992 & 1993)
      • Unfortunately, those seasons ended on a sour note, as star Chris Webber was found to have received payments from a booster while still playing at UM and both NCAA title appearances were later vacated
  • Drafted 5th overall in the 1994 NBA Draft by the Washington Bullets and went on to play 19 seasons in the league
    • Spent seven years in Washington and later played for Dallas (two stints), Denver (two stints), Orlando, Houston, Charlotte, Portland and Miami
      • Was a member of the Miami Heat’s 2012 and 2013 NBA Championship teams, though he played sparingly
      • Served as a mentor to the Heat’s players; more of an unofficial player-coach during the “Big Three” years
    • Played for a number of head coaches in the league, including Jim Lynam, Bernie Bickerstaff, Gar Heard, Darrell Walker, Leonard Hamilton, Don Nelson, Jeff Bzdelik, Johnny Davis, Jeff Van Gundy, Avery Johnson, George Karl, Larry Brown, Nate McMillan and Erik Spoelstra
  • Began his coaching career in earnest in 2013, joining Spoelstra’s staff as an assistant coach
    • The Heat lost to the Spurs in the 2014 NBA Finals, the final year of the “Big Three” era
    • Made the Playoffs in two of the next five seasons while Howard was coaching there
  • Became a head coach in May 2019, signing a five-year deal and returning to Ann Arbor to coach his Wolverines
    • Howard’s first team was ranked as high as #4 in 2019; finished 19-12 (10-10 Big Ten)
    • The 2020-21 Wolverines were Big Ten champions and earned a NCAA 1-seed; Howard was Big Ten COY and AP National COY
    • In February 2022, Howard was involved in an altercation with members of the Wisconsin coaching staff which ultimately resulted in a suspension for the last five games of the 2021-22 regular season
  • Along with his wife, Jenine, has two sons

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