Patrick Beilein resigned from his position as head coach in Niagara just seven months after hiring, citing “personal reasons” for retiring from his “dream job”.
The 36-year-old coach, son of John Beilein, coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, announced the new Thursday through his personal representatives. His principal assistant, Greg Paulus, is expected to assume the position of an acting coach.
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“My dream was to become the top basketball coach in Division I, but unfortunately this dream must be suspended,” said Beilein in a statement. He did not reveal the details of his personal reasons for leaving.
“Personal reasons that I can not take lightly have led me to abandon the work of my dreams,” the statement said. “In the future, I have to give a unique approach to these problems, in order to become the man I strive to be, and over time I hope to be more open to my current situation, but I thank you all for respecting my family’s need for confidentiality and for all their ongoing support. ”
Her father tweeted her support on Thursday afternoon saying, “Kathleen and I love our son, Patrick, and we will help him in every way so that he can focus 100% on his personal problems. “With a lot of work, he can thank you for respecting the privacy Patrick and his family need at this time.”
Beilein took the reins of Niagara this season off after four strong seasons with Le Moyne at Division II. He has competed in the NCAA DII Tournament in each of his last three seasons at Le Moyne, including an Elite Eight race in 2017-18.
Beilein also trained as an assistant at Utah Jazz and West Virginia Wesley College. He has played for his father in West Virginia since 2002-2006 when the team moved to an Elite Eight and Sweet 16.
The Niagara Gazette reported that Beilein had back surgery during the offseason.
Paulus, a former shipowner, and quarterback at Syracuse at Duke boarded after Beilein. Paulus has a solid background and spends time as an assistant in George Washington, Louisville and Ohio State.
“Since arriving on the NU campus, Greg has not only been an incredible asset to the men’s basketball team, but he has also been an excellent leader for the sports department and the university community,” said the director of Niagara sports. Simon Gray in a statement.
“His experience as a player and coach at the highest level of Basketball Division I will be paramount as we continue to develop our program.
“We respect Patrick’s request for confidentiality for him and his family,” Gray said in a statement. “We wish the entire Beilein family every success in solving these personal problems.”