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Michigan Makes It Official: Juwan Howard Is New Head Coach

"It feels great to be coming home. Go Blue!"

May 22, 2019 - 7:05 pm
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (97.1 The Ticket) -- It's officially official. Juwan Howard is coming home to Michigan.

What had been reported throughout the day Wednesday was confirmed by the university Wednesday evening. 

In a press release, athletic director Warde Manuel announced the former Michigan standout and recent Miami Heat assistant is now the 17th head coach in the history of the men's basketball program.

"We have found someone with high integrity, great character and a coach who has unbelievable knowledge of the game of basketball," Manuel said in a statement. "Juwan has proven himself to be a tremendous leader, a wonderful communicator and a developer of talent. We couldn't have asked for a better role model for the young men in our program. We are excited to welcome back a member of the family to Ann Arbor."

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

"I am very excited about the opportunity to lead the University of Michigan's storied basketball program," Howard said in a statement. "I have been very fortunate to be part of a great championship organization in the Miami Heat for the last nine years -- three as a player and six as a coach. It was always going to take something incredibly special to for me to leave Miami; however, I know in my heart this is the right place and the right time.

"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. 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.

"I want to sincerely thank Warde Manuel, President Mark Schlissel and all the great people at the University for entrusting me with this opportunity. I cannot wait to get started.

"It feels great to be coming home. Go Blue!"

Howard, 46, had spent the last seven years as an assistant in Miami following a 20-year NBA career. He interviewed with Michigan on Tuesday after Providence coach Ed Cooley withdrew his name from consideration.

A member of the 1991 Fab Five recruiting class, Howard played three seasons for the Wolverines and helped them to two Final Fours. He won two championships in the NBA, both with the Heat. 

Howard steps into the role with no previous head coaching experience or any coaching experience at all at the college level. 

Michigan is now the only school at the FBS level with alumni as head coach of both their football and basketball programs, with former quarterback Jim Harbaugh entering his fifth season as football coach.