Juwan Howard was officially hired by Michigan, his alma mater, as the head basketball coach on Wednesday, accepting a five-year deal starting at $2 million annually.
“I am very excited about the opportunity to lead the University of Michigan’s storied basketball program,” Howard said in a statement. “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.
“I cannot wait to get started. It feels great to be coming home. Go Blue!”
Howard, a Miami Heat assistant coach, became the front-runner for the Michigan job after Providence’s Ed Cooley withdrew from consideration Tuesday and signed a multiyear contract extension to stay with the Friars.