May 31, 2019

BY Minyetta Nelson

Ann Arbor, MI - 

Howard, 46, has been an assistant with the Heat since September 2013, when he retired after playing more than 1,200 games with eight N.B.A. franchises from 1994 to 2013. He reportedly interviewed this off-season for the head coaching vacancies with the Los Angeles Lakers and the Minnesota Timberwolves. Howard, a member of the Fab Five 1991 recruiting class at Michigan, was the No. 5 pick in the 1994 N.B.A. draft. He was an All-Star with Washington in 1995-96 and won an N.B.A. championship with the Heat in 2011-12. His former Wolverines teammate Jalen Rose said last week that hiring Howard was a “no-brainer” for Michigan. Howard replaces John Beilein, who left on May 13 to become the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers.