Michigan Basketball: Coaching Search Narrows to 3 Candidates

The Michigan basketball program continues its search for a new head coach after longtime leader John Beilein decided to leave Ann Arbor for a shot in the NBA with the Cleveland Cavaliers. As the search continues, there are reportedly three “serious candidates” emerging for the job.

According to a report from college basketball insider Jeff Goodman, Miami Heat assistant and Michigan alum Juwan Howard, Providence head coach Ed Cooley, and Michigan assistant Luke Yaklich are in the mix for the job.

Goodman shared the news on social media.

Three names that have emerged as serious candidates for the Michigan job, sources told @Stadium: Former Michigan star Juwan Howard, Providence head coach Ed Cooley and Michigan assistant Luke Yaklich.

— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) May 20, 2019

Goodman adds that the Wolverines are hoping to hire their new head coach by the end of the week.

Ed Cooley was expected to meet with Michigan AD Warde Manuel today, Juwan Howard tomorrow. Luke Yaklich interviewed on Friday. The plan is to have a new coach in place by the end of the week, sources told @Stadium. https://t.co/PaoIt0NKxp

— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) May 20, 2019

Howard has been an assistant for the Miami Heat since 2013 and was a member of the famed Fab Five. Cooley has had success at Providence with five NCAA Tournament appearances, and Yaklich has been at Michigan for the past two seasons.

The 66-year-old Beilein had been the head coach of the Wolverines since 2007, leading Michigan to NCAA tournament Final Four appearances in 2013 and 2018, a 2007 NIT Championship, and two Big Ten championships. In Cleveland, Beilein will be replacing former coach Tyronn Lue and interim coach Larry Drew.

Beilein holds head coaching record of 754-425 after stops at Le Moyne, Canisius, Richmond, West Virginia, and Michigan.