Patrick Beilein, son of former Michigan head coach John Beilein, announced on Thursday that he has resigned his position as the head coach of Niagara, citing “personal reasons” after only seven months on the job.
Beilein explained in a statement the decision to step down and says that he hopes to one day be open about what he is currently going through.
“It is with heavy regret that I must inform the entire Purple Eagle nation that effective today I have resigned my position as the head men’s basketball coach at Niagara University. It has been a lifelong dream of mine to become a Division I head basketball coach, but unfortunately, that dream must be put on hold.
”Personal reasons I can no longer take lightly have led me to step away from my dream job. Going forward, I must give singular focus to dealing with these issues, so that I can become the man that I strive to be.
”In time, it is my hope that I can be more open about my ongoing circumstances, but in the meantime, I thank you all for respecting my family’s need for privacy and for all of your continued support.”
His father, now the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA, posted a message to his Twitter account about his son’s decision to step down.
Kathleen and I love our son, Patrick. We will assist him in every way so he can focus 100% on his personal issues. We believe that with a lot of hard work , he can do it. Thanks for respecting the privacy that Patrick and his family need at this time.— John Beilein (@JohnBeilein) October 24, 2019
“Kathleen and I love our son, Patrick. We will assist him in every way so he can focus 100% on his personal issues. We believe that with a lot of hard work , he can do it. Thanks for respecting the privacy that Patrick and his family need at this time,” Beilein tweeted.
As of this posting, nothing has emerged as to the nature of the personal reasons, but it will be interesting to see if it ever comes out with him saying that one day he hopes to be open about the situation.
Beilein was considered one of the rising young coaches in the game, but those aspirations are put on hold for now.
Elite recruit set to visit this weekend for Michigan hoops
Michigan basketball is staying hot on the recruiting trail with a visit from five-star point guard Khristian Lander this upcoming weekend, according to The Michigan Insider.
Lander is the top point guard in the country in the class of 2021, which figures to be one of their top needs in that recruiting cycle for head coach Juwan Howard.
247Sports Brian Snow explains why the Indiana native but me someone to keep an eye on for Michigan:
‘When he was younger, Lander followed the Michigan Wolverines closely. New Head Coach Juwan Howard has been active in recruiting Lander, and that is another trip he is looking forward to making.
“It is going to be pretty exciting since I grew up cheering for them,” said Lander of Michigan. “I have been looking forward to making that trip, so I hope it is a really good experience.”’
Michigan currently has a point guard committed to the class of 2020 with Zeb Jackson set to sign on as soon as he can. Outside of that, next season will see only Eli Brooks and David DeJulius remaining for point guard duties in addition to Jackson, so it is understandable that Howard would be seeking his own guy to build around there.
- The Vegas odds continue to shift ahead of Saturday’s game against Notre Dame. After opening as four-point favorites, Michigan now once again finds itself as an underdog with the Irish currently one-point favorites in Vegas.
- This is insane to even think about, but apparently Saturday’s Alabama game will be the first time under Nick Saban a QB has missed a start due to injury. He has been there 13 seasons.
- It looks like reinforcements are on the way back to the field for Notre Dame with both Shaun Crawford set to return at cornerback and Jafar Armstrong at running back.