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A member of the Fab Five is returning to lead the U of M men's basketball team

May 22, 2019

Juwan Howard in 1993
Credit Bentley Historical Library / University of Michigan

Juwan Howard, former member of the Fab Five, will be the University of Michigan’s next men’s basketball coach.

U of M officials have been looking for a new men’s basketball coach since the sudden departure of John Beilein to the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers.

"We have found someone with high integrity, great character and a coach who has unbelievable knowledge of the game of basketball," says Warde Manuel, University of Michigan Director of Athletics 

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

Howard says he's excited about returning to Ann Arbor. 

"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," says Howard. 

Juwan Howard didn’t win an NCAA title with the Wolverines during his playing days in the early 1990’s, but he did play on two World Championship teams during his 19-year NBA career.

While Howard’s career on the court is impressive, his experience as a coach is limited.

He’s been an assistant with the Miami Heat since 2013. He’s never coached college basketball.