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New era for Michigan men's basketball as Juwan Howard assumes head coach role

Tracy Samilton
Michigan Radio

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?"

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.  

Tracy Samilton covers energy and transportation, including the auto industry and the business response to climate change for Michigan Public. She began her career at Michigan Public as an intern, where she was promptly “bitten by the radio bug,” and never recovered.
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