ANN ARBOR, Mich. (WLUC) - John Beilein is leaving Michigan to become the next head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to a report from ESPN.
Beilein has spent the last 12 seasons as the head coach of the Wolverines, after working his way up from the high school ranks. He led the program to a pair of national title games — in 2013 and 2018 — and was in advanced talks with the Detroit Pistons to take over their head coaching position last summer.
The Wolverines are expected to lose a number of key pieces off of this year’s roster, as Charles Matthews and Jordan Poole have already made their intention of keeping their names in the NBA draft known while the prevailing thinking is that leading scorer Ignas Brazdeikis will likely remain in the draft as well.
Beilein is known for being one of the brightest offensive minds in college hoops, and his style of coaching — ball-screen heavy sets that rely on spacing and shooting to be effective — should work in the NBA.