Two-time Final Four-qualifying coach John Beilein of the University of Michigan reportedly will become the next head coach of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers.
Beilein, who led the Wolverines to within one win of college basketball’s national championship in 2013 and 2018, agreed to a five-year deal with the Cavs, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports.
Beilein, 66, replaces Larry Drew, who finished the 2018-19 season after Tyronn Lue was fired in October, following an 0-6 start.
In tabbing Beilein, the Cavaliers are looking for a “culture driver,” according to Wojnarowski.
“He’s considered one of the elite offensive tacticians and teachers in basketball,” Wojnarowski writes, “a coach who has never been an assistant and climbed almost every level of basketball — coaching high school, junior college, Division III, II and I.”
Prior to coaching at Michigan, Beilein led West Virginia to the NCAA tournament’s Elite Eight in 2005.
The Cavaliers have a 14-percent chance of winning the NBA draft lottery Tuesday in Chicago.