Cavaliers hire Michigan’s Beilein as coach
The Cleveland Cavaliers ended a monthlong search for a new coach Monday by hiring Michigan’s John Beilein.
Beilein, 66, got a fiveyear deal with the Cavs, who believe he can make the successful leap from campus to the pros. His signing is somewhat surprising given his age, lack of pro experience and because the Cavs had been speaking almost exclusively with younger NBA assistants during their interview process.
He’s one of only four coaches to take four schools to the NCAA Tournament (Canisius, Richmond, West Virginia and Michigan), and he leaves Michigan with the most wins in school history.
Beilein had entertained NBA offers in the past, meeting with Detroit and Orlando before choosing to stay in Ann Arbor, where he managed to make basketball more than just a passing diversion between football seasons.