Renaissance man: John Beilein ready to breathe new life into Cavs

first_imgThe Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books “Coaches, we don’t complain on paydays,” he said. “That’s part of this job. You have to get it done and that’s part of it. I’ve been able to stay away from that and that’s the only plan here: We’re going to get this right and I’m going to coach as long as I can coach and I hope that’s a long time.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard MOST READ Read Next NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu “Look at all those banners up there,” Beilein said, pointing toward reminders of the 2016 NBA championship, Eastern Conference titles and division crowns won by the Cavs — most of them in the past decade. “It’s been done before. Why can’t it be done again?”This basketball renaissance man is ready for his next recovery project.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsSaying he won’t use the word “rebuild,” Beilein was introduced Tuesday by the Cavs, whose surprising choice of the 66-year-old was met with skepticism only by those who haven’t crossed paths with him over his more than four decades as a coach.Cleveland’s expansive search ended last week with someone who has won at every level in college — most recently during a 12-year run at Michigan — and will now see if his team-first, family-oriented style can work in the pros. Cleveland Cavaliers head coach John Beilein speaks during a news conference, Tuesday, May 21, 2019, in Independence, Ohio. Beilein left Michigan after a successful 12-year run for what will likely be his last coaching stop, the Cleveland Cavaliers, who believe the 66-year-old can accelerate their rebuild. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — High on a wall and across the courts from where John Beilein was sitting, the Cavaliers’ basketball history stared the new coach in the face.He wants to make it richer.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Luka Doncic, Trae Young unanimous NBA All-Rookie 1st-teamers Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “He’s all the things you would want in a head coach,” Cavs owner Dan Gilbert said.Even before being escorted onto the podium by general manager Koby Altman, Beilein showed his eagerness to turn around a team whose run of four straight finals ended this season following the departure of LeBron James. The Cavs went 19-63 and parted with two coaches.About an hour before the news conference, Beilein peeled off his suit coat, went onto the floor and rebounded for Cavs forward Larry Nance Jr., one of the team’s core players. Moments later, he chatted with point guard Collin Sexton, who had just gotten off a plane from the Philippines and was soon practicing a jump shot that improved dramatically during his rookie season.Beilein’s first public moments as Cleveland’s coach couldn’t have gone better.He was joined by his wife, Kathleen, who has been with him every step of the way of a coaching career that began at Newfane Central High School in New York. All four of their children were in attendance along with four grandchildren, including grandson Johnny, who recently revealed to his grandpa that the Golden State Warriors are his favorite team.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Here’s the good news,” Beilein said. “Before we were hired here, Cavs were No. 20 on the list. Now he says we’re all the way up to No. 2. So that’s good.”Beilein said coaching in the NBA was never on his bucket list. While he accomplished everything in college coaching, the exception being a Division I NCAA championship, Beilein says he would have had no regrets had he finished his career at Michigan.But the chance to bring back the Cavs was too much to pass up. His courtship with Cleveland was a whirlwind. An initial meeting with Altman quickly escalated to Gilbert sitting in his kitchen to work out a five-year contract.As in previous stops at Le Moyne, Canisius, Richmond, West Virginia and West Virginia, Cleveland offers a challenge.“Rebuild is not a word we’re going to use here, I saw it more as a renaissance,” he said. “Let’s just change and let’s see what we can through different trial and error. It was one (job) that was appealing to me. Every single time that we’ve decided to do this, some people would say with every job, and probably with this one, ‘What are you crazy? Why are you doing that? And I say exactly that, opportunity and challenges go hand in hand.”Beilein credits much of his success to his ability to connect with young players. He’s changed with the times, adjusted to latest trends. He does have some old-school ways, but he’s also open to new ideas, supplementing his message with analytics.“You can get too analytical as well,” he said. “I want to find the sweet spot, the ones that have been important to me for years and the ones that are important to NBA basketball and try to blend those two.”There’s another constant in Beilein’s career — job security. He’s never been fired.“That’s right,” he said proudly, joking that Gilbert should handle the question about his reasons for taking the job.Beilein said he’s never worried about anything but the present. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast View commentslast_img read more

DOE Science Chief to Step Down

first_img D. Malakoff/Science William Brinkman testifies before a Congressional committee earlier this year. More change is in store atop the Department of Energy (DOE). On 15 March, William Brinkman, head of DOE’s Office of Science, announced that he will resign his post on 12 April. Brinkman says he decided to leave DOE for personal reasons. “My wife and I have plans on what we’d like to do that we’ve put off for 4 years,” Brinkman says. Most immediately, Brinkman says he plans to spend part of the summer working with his wife to restore their summer home in Loveladies, New Jersey, which was damaged in Superstorm Sandy. The Obama administration has yet to announce Brinkman’s successor, who must be confirmed by the Senate. Brinkman joined DOE in June 2009. Prior to taking command of the Office of Science, Brinkman was a senior research physicist at Princeton University. Before that, Brinkman worked at Bell Laboratories where he served as the head of the physics research division, and later as vice president of research. In a 15 March e-mail to DOE staff members (see below), Brinkman detailed a number the Office of Science’s achievements in recent years, including the establishment of DOE’s 46 Energy Frontier Research Centers, which were selected in 2009 to push the research boundaries on clean energy topics, such as solar power, electricity storage, carbon sequestration, and nuclear power. 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In a testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies on 5 March, Brinkman expanded on his concerns, noting that the recently enacted across-the-board cuts known as the sequester will mean cuts of $215 million for the Office of Science. Those cuts, he said, will force cancellation of the FastForward initiative designed to accelerate progress toward the next generation of supercomputers; elimination of up to 60 graduate student awards at universities; a delay of planned upgrades at the Linac Coherent Light Source in California; cancellation of three funding calls in the biological and environmental research program; and a likely slowdown of the delivery of hardware slated for ITER, the international fusion reactor. “Sequestration greatly endangers the scope of our scientific program, as well as our ability to keep our construction projects on time and on budget,” Brinkman concluded. Mark Ratner, a materials chemist at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and a member of DOE’s Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee, says that Brinkman’s leadership will be missed. “Bill brought insight, creativity, hard work and a stellar history as a physicist to the Office of Science,” Ratner writes in an e-mail. “He has led the Office with brilliance and with creativity. The sequester has made the job more difficult, since it was designed to be irrational (and not to be implemented).” News of Brinkman’s departure brought a wistful reaction from some staff members on Capitol Hill who dealt with him regularly. He had earned a reputation as a trustworthy and down-to-earth advocate for DOE’s science programs. But he also became known for his soft-spoken demeanor; during hearings, lawmakers routinely had to remind Brinkman to speak up or get closer to the microphone, so that they could understand what he was saying. The exchanges even earned him a moniker form one science lobbyist: “Dr. Mumbles.” Brinkman says that he’s open to returning to Princeton University or the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where he and his wife intend to move after leaving Washington. Here is the full text of Brinkman’s farewell e-mail: From: SCCAST Sent: Friday, March 15, 2013 11:39 AM Subject: Moving On It’s time for me to move on! Now that the new DOE leadership team is taking shape, I am writing to let you know I will be moving on. My last day at DOE will be Friday, April 12. Between now and then, I will be transitioning and taking some personal time and will be away from the office much of the time between March 22 and April 12. As I leave office, my biggest concern remains the erosion of science funding in the United States when most of the industrialized countries of the world are increasing funding. When I came to DOE, I started with a principle that I have used when I changed positions in the past, namely, that I should assume that all the people in my organization are good at their jobs. There is no question that the staff in SC has lived up to that initial expectation. We have made some changes but, overall, I believe SC is a very sound organization today. So what did we accomplish? Actually a lot. Many new, exciting scientific advances have occurred: the first X-ray FEL, the Higgs particle was discovered, strongly enhanced use of simulation in materials science, discovery of new aspects of the nature of the quark-gluon plasma, and a host of new results on possible energy technologies have been discovered, to mention just a few. ITER has a new leadership team in place and construction is well on its way. Overall, our international collaborations have increased and we have sharpened our focus on making these strategically important. Probably the largest changes have occurred in our approach to science relevant to energy technologies. The Energy Frontier Research Centers, two hubs, and the biofuels centers are established and are working effectively. I believe we have made considerable progress in getting our climate program integrated into the broader US government effort and I look forward to the next IPCC report in which our modeling will surely play a major role. We have established “tech teams” to coordinate applied and basic science activities in technology areas important to the DOE energy mission that, I believe, will continue to have an important role, as they already have, in fostering funding opportunity announcements that are collaborative among the applied and basic science offices. On the lab management side much has changed. We have a new, strong leadership team in place that is making many changes. The processing of grants through our Chicago office has been greatly improved and is much more user friendly than in the past, the organization at Oak Ridge has been moved forward more toward what we expect of a service center, and several new site office leaders have been appointed. It continues to be important to exploit modern communications and data systems to improve operational effectiveness and we are on a path to consolidate IT functions as an important element of this strategy. I congratulate the PAMS team for the dedication and leadership they have shown in making PAMS a reality. In our internal SC headquarters organization, we have recruited new leadership for and have greatly improved our public relations and human resources organizations. The national laboratories have grown stronger over the last four years. The multipurpose labs are not only doing excellent science but also are broadening their impact on the country through increasing coupling to American industry and greater involvement in national security. We continue to manage these laboratories through our annual strategic plan reviews and the grading system, which has received praise from within the Department and in external reviews. We have made careful judgments on whether to renew or compete lab contracts and have been successful in a number of cases. I look forward to interacting with many of you as a function of time and wish the entire organization and all of DOE great success. Sincerely, Dr. W. F. Brinkman Director, Office of Sciencelast_img read more