Juwan Howard, a member of the famed Fab Five, will reportedly be returning to Ann Arbor. As the Michigan basketball program continues its search for a new head coach to replace John Beilein, who left for the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, reports have surfaced that Howard will become the new leading man for the Wolverines.
Howard is currently serving as an assistant for the Miami Heat.
“Michigan is expected to hire Miami Heat assistant Juwan Howard as its next head basketball coach. Press Conference will be either late this week or early next week,” Jon Rothstein wrote on social media.
When news surfaced that Howard was emerging as a favorite to land the job, he found himself getting endorsed by NBA stars like LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, who previously played under Howard in Miami.
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.