University of Michigan fires men’s basketball coach Juwan Howard

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University of Michigan Terminates Contract with Men’s Basketball Coach Juwan Howard

The University of Michigan announced on Friday that men’s basketball coach Juwan Howard, a former “Fab Five” star and college coach of the year (2021), would no longer be leading the program. The news follows a disappointing season for the Wolverines, who ended up last in the Big Ten with an overall record of 8-24 and a conference record of 3-17.

The team, which had lost nine consecutive games, including against Penn State in the Big Ten Tournament earlier this week, was unable to meet the expectations set for them. Michigan’s director of athletics, Warde Manuel, revealed in a statement that Howard would not be returning as coach after conducting a thorough review of the program.

Background and Achievements

Howard, 51, enjoyed a successful tenure leading the Wolverines for the past five seasons. Prior to taking charge, he had an impressive record of 82-67 and steered the team to two NCAA tournament appearances in 2021 and 2022. Howard’s accomplishments did not go unnoticed, as he was named the Associated Press National Coach of the Year and Big Ten’s Coach of the Year in 2021, after Michigan reached the Elite Eight.

Assessment and Decision

Despite Howard’s deep connection to the university, as a former player during the Fab Five era (1991-1994), Manuel acknowledged that the program was not meeting expectations and was not heading in the desired direction. He expressed gratitude for Howard’s commitment to Michigan but ultimately decided that it was necessary to make a change.

Search for a New Coach

The University of Michigan will immediately begin the search for a new coach. The comprehensive review process conducted by Manuel has led to this decision, and he remains determined to find a leader who will elevate the men’s basketball program.


After a disappointing season for the University of Michigan men’s basketball team and following a comprehensive review, coach Juwan Howard was let go. The school will now search for a new leader to guide the program and improve its performance moving forward.


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