John Beilein Resigns After Less Than One Season As Cleveland Cavaliers Head Coach

By Dan Hope on February 19, 2020 at 7:06 pm
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John Beilein's career as an NBA head coach didn't last long.

The Cleveland Cavaliers announced Wednesday that the former Michigan coach has officially stepped down as their coach, just nine months after he left the Wolverines to take the job with the Cavaliers.

“Over these last nine months, I have given my all to this organization, but after much reflection, I have decided that it is best that I step back and resign from my position as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers and assist the organization in a different capacity,” Beilein said in a statement. “I find losing very challenging and this year has taken a much bigger toll on me than I expected. I grew concerned for the consequences this toll could potentially take on my own health and my family’s well-being down the road. I was not certain I could be at my best for the remainder of the season and in the future.”

Beilein, who won a school record 278 games in 12 years as Michigan's head coach, went just 14-40 in 54 games with the Cavaliers. 

Should Beilein have interest in returning to coach at the collegiate level, he'll presumably have several suitors. According to the Cavaliers' statement, however, “Beilein will be reassigned to a different role within the organization.”

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