Cavs officially announce John Beilein’s coaching staff
After a fairly tough season last year that saw the ouster of NBA champion Tyronn Lue as head coach, the Cleveland Cavaliers are hoping to bounce back in the second of the year of the team’s second post-LeBron James era. The Cavs started by hiring head coach John Beilein, who made a beeline for the NBA after many fruitful years as coach of the Michigan Wolverines, including leading them to the national championship game in 2018, where they lost to Villanova.
On Wednesday, the Cavs announced the rest of Beilein’s coaching staff, including promotions for Dan Geriot to Assistant Coach, Steve Frankoski to Player Development Coach, Michael Hartman to Director of Coaching Analytics/Player Development and Sam Jones to Player Development Coordinator.
Beyond that, Cleveland also added J.J. Outlaw as an Assistant Coach/Player Development, Chris Darnell as Player Development/Video Assistant and Jay Shunnar as Special Assistant to the Head Coach.
That group joins J.B. Bickerstaff (Associate Head Coach), Antonio Lang (Assistant Coach) and Lindsay Gottlieb (Assistant Coach) on the bench alongside Beilein.
After a rough season in 2018-19 that saw the team produce one of the worst defensive ratings in NBA history, the Cavs are fully invested in the youth movement this season with three highly touted rookies joining the fold via the 2019 NBA Draft: Darius Garland (#5 overall), Dylan Windler (#26 overall) and Kevin Porter Jr. (#30 overall).
Those three rooks join Collin Sexton from last season and Cedi Osman from the 2017 draft as the team’s young core.
The rebuild begins in earnest now in Cleveland, and perhaps the team’s young core will grow together going forward under Beilein’s tutelage.