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John Beilein returning to University of Michigan in a brand new role

The former men’s basketball head coach will be teaching a class at U-M.

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John Beilein’s departure as the head coach of the Michigan Wolverines men’s basketball team was one of the most abrupt and shocking moments in program history, but it appears that his days in Ann Arbor are long from over.

Months after stepping down as the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers and transitioning to a new role within the organization, MLive was the first to report earlier this week that Beilein will be returning to Michigan as an instructor. He will be leading a 200-level course in the school of education titled “Coaching as Leading and Leading as Coaching.”

Beilein was the head coach at Michigan from 2007-19 and led the golden era of the men’s basketball program, appearing in two national title games and making the tournament nine times in his 12 seasons on the job. He finished with a 278-150 record during his time in Ann Arbor.

After stepping down from his post with the Cavs during the NBA All-Star break, Beilein returned to Crisler Center for senior night festivities on March 5 and was honored with an ovation during one of the TV timeouts.

Juwan Howard preceded Beilein and led the team to a 19-12 regular season record in his debut season before the postseason was shut down at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.