Michigan hiring Juwan Howard as basketball coach

ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 08: Former Michigan Wolverines player Juwan Howard supports Michigan against the Louisville Cardinals during the 2013 NCAA Men's Final Four Championship at the Georgia Dome on April 8, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The University of Michigan announced Wednesday they have hired former Fab Five member Juwan Howard as their new men’s basketball head coach.

Howard, 46, has been an assistant coach with the Miami Heat since 2013 and played in the NBA before that from 1994 to 2013 while winning two NBA championships.

In a release, Howard said he is excited about the opportunity to lead the Wolverines’ basketball program.

“As a ‘Michigan Man’ I know the place our program has in college basketball and I embrace the chance to build onto that history and lead us to championships both in the Big Ten and national level,” he said. “We will continue to develop young men on the court, in the classroom and in the community that our fan base will continue to be proud of.”

He is replacing John Beilein, who left Michigan after 12 seasons and two trips to the national title game to coach the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Howard signed a five-year deal starting at $2 million annually with a base salary of $400,000.

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