The Cleveland Cavaliers shocked the basketball world Monday by hiring Michigan head coach John Beilein.
In 12 years at Michigan, Beilein, 66, led the Wolverines to two Final Fours and four Big Ten tournament and regular-season titles.
The Cavs and Beilein agreed on a five-year deal.
“John is one of the most accomplished and innovative basketball minds and leaders in the entire game,” Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman said in a statement. “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. We are excited Coach Beilein is joining our organization as we continue to build the foundation that any enterprise needs to be successful and competitive year in and year out.”
Beilein offered his thanks to Michigan in a tweet.
The hire now marks the third consecutive coach the team has hired with no NBA experience. However, Beilein is considered one of the elite offensive tacticians and teachers in basketball. They are hoping his success at the collegiate level will carry over to the pros, especially if they can land the top pick in Tuesday night’s NBA Draft Lottery and land Duke phenom Zion Williamson.
“I love the position the team is in to build and grow and this was something I felt was the perfect fit for me,” Beilein said in the Cavaliers’ statement. “With hard work and dedication by all of us, we will grow this team day by day and reinforce a culture of success that sustains itself with strong core values. Cleveland is a great city with amazing fans and I am really looking forward to calling Cleveland home for years to come.”