Detroit Pistons hire ex-Michigan coach John Beilein as senior advisor/player development

Detroit Free Press

After 12 seasons as head coach of the Michigan Wolverines men’s basketball team and a brief stint leading the Cleveland Cavaliers, John Beilein is back and heading to Detroit.

The Detroit Pistons have hired Beilein as senior advisor/player development, league sources confirmed to the Free Press.

Beilein was spotted in the stands at multiple Pistons games this season, and the move marks his official return to the NBA after departing the Cavaliers 54 games into his inaugural season in 2019-20.

Beilein is best known for his tenure at Michigan from 2007-19, a stretch in which he became the school’s winningest coach. He led the Wolverines to two national championship game appearances (2013, 2018), two Big Ten tournament championships (2017, 2018) and 10 NCAA tournament appearances. Eleven of his players at U-M were drafted into the NBA during his tenure.

Prior to Michigan, Beilein had stops at West Virginia, Richmond, Canisius, Le Moyne, Nazareth College, Erie Community College and Newfane High School in New York.

Beilein resigned from his position with the Cavaliers in February 2020, during a difficult season in which Cleveland won just 14 games under his watch. 

Marc Stein of the New York Times was first to report the news on Beilein.

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