Beilein on resignation: ‘I want to be clear – this was my decision to step down’

John Beilein has resigned from his position as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team announced today. According to the team, Beilein will be reassigned to a different role within the organization.

“Over these last nine months, I have given my all to this organization, but after much reflection, I have decided that it is best that I step back and resign from my position as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers and assist the organization in a different capacity,” said Beilein. “I am very grateful to Dan Gilbert, Koby Altman, and the entire Cavaliers organization for the opportunity they have provided me.”

“This was a very difficult decision for me, but I want to be clear – this was my decision to step down, and I truly appreciate the understanding and support of the front office during this time. I find losing very challenging and this year has taken a much bigger toll on me than I expected. I grew concerned for the consequences this toll could potentially take on my own health and my family’s well-being down the road. I was not certain I could be at my best for the remainder of the season and in the future. That would not be fair to the players, coaches, and support staff.”

“I also would not be doing this now, during the season, if J.B. Bickerstaff was not ready and capable to assume the head coaching role immediately and continue the rebuilding process that we have started. For 45 years and more than 1,300 games, my journey as a basketball coach has been a dream come true. I have never been afraid of a challenge and have given each one my all – sometimes to the detriment of my own well-being. I want to thank my wife, Kathleen, for being by my side and I appreciate the outpouring of support from family, friends, and colleagues during this time. I look forward to being able to spend more time with my wife, kids, and grandchildren over the coming months.”

The 67-year-old Beilein was named head coach of the Cavaliers on May 13, 2019, after spending the previous 12 seasons as head coach of the men’s basketball team at the University of Michigan. Under Beilein, Michigan made nine NCAA Tournament appearances while also winning two Big Ten regular season and two Big Ten Tournament titles. The winningest coach in school history, he took the Wolverines to the Final Four and a pair of National Championship Game appearances in 2013 and 2018. 

It’s clear Beilein had a hard time relating to his players, and that became very apparent when Beilein called his players “thugs” during a film session back in January.

In the end, this was a questionable hire when it was announced, and in reality, it was time for both parties to move on.

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