Former Michigan star Juwan Howard has been named the new head coach of the Wolverines, the university announced Wednesday. Howard received a five-year deal, starting at $2 million annually, Michigan said. Howard replaces John Beilein, who left Michigan last week to become the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Beilein was with the Wolverines for 12 seasons, leading them to two national championship games.

Howard, 46, was a member of Michigan’s Fab Five recruiting class in 1991, along with Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson. During Howard’s three seasons in Ann Arbor, he helped lead the Wolverines to two national championship games and an Elite Eight appearance. He averaged 15.3 points and 7.5 rebounds during his Michigan career.

After Michigan, Howard played for 19 seasons in the NBA, spending time with eight franchises. He won two NBA championships with the Heat, in 2012 and ’13, and earned NBA All-Star honors in 1996.

Michigan hires Juwan Howard as head basketball coach


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