MI hires Juwan Howard as basketball coach

Tanya Simon
May 25, 2019

Howard, a member of the University of Michigan's Fab Five recruiting class in 1991, helped the team reach two national championship games an an Elite Eight appearance.

MI got its new head coach on a Wednesday, with the official hiring of former Miami Heat assistant and Wolverines basketball alum Juwan Howard.

He is replacing John Beilein, who left MI after 12 seasons and two trips to the national title game to coach the Cleveland Cavaliers. He went onto a longtime National Basketball Association career before winning two championships with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade with the Miami Heat.

The Miami HEAT released the following statements from President Pat Riley and Head Coach Erik Spoelstra on Assistant Coach Juwan Howard leaving to become the head coach at the University of MI.

By hiring Howard, Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel is closing a loop in history from the Fab Five's admonishment from the school's history books to being the curator of its future.

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Before taking trhe job at MI, he assisted Spoelstra with the Miami Heat for six seasons. Beilein was hired in 2007 and spent 12 seasons in Ann Arbor, posting a 278-150 record, before jumping to the pros.

"Juwan is an absolute star as a person, player and coach", Spoelstra said, via the Miami Herald.

In his 19-year career, Howard appeared in 1,208 games with 900 starts while averaging 13.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 2.2 assists. He is a terrific leader and mentor, which translates very well to the collegiate level.

"He will forever be a champion and part of the Heat family", Spoelstra said, "and I am excited to see him take the next step". He averaged 15.3 points and 7.5 rebounds during his MI career. He averaged 15.3 points and 7.5 rebounds for his career, helping MI reach consecutive Final Fours in 1992 and 1993.

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