An initially emotional Juwan Howard held his first press conference as the new head coach for the University of Michigan's men's basketball program Thursday.
He replaces John Beilein, who left after a 12-year stint at Michigan to coach the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Howard was an assistant coach with the Miami Heat before coming to Michigan. He acknowledges this is his first job as a head coach, but says, he's ready.
"When I get into something, I'm all in," says Howard. "I try to learn, I try to grow with it and I try to give it my best and my all. I'm sure there are a lot of people out there who are doubting the fact that I'm a first-time head coach. Well, you've got to start somewhere, don't you?"
— Juwan Howard (@JuwanHoward) May 30, 2019
Howard was a member of the so-called "Fab Five," at Michigan from 1991-94 before turning pro. He played for the Washington Bullets, the Houston Rockets, and the Miami Heat, among other professional teams.
He says his first big challenge will be recruiting - and learning all the complex NCAA rules on recruiting.