Seven months after becoming the Head Coach of the Niagara University basketball team, former West Virginia basketball player Patrick Beilein has resigned.
In a statement released by Beilein, son of former West Virginia men’s basketball team Head Coach John Beilein, said the following:
“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,” Beilein said in a statement. “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, John Beilein, current Head Coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, offered his support on Twitter, adding, “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.”
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
Niagara Athletic Director Simon Gray released a statement that read in part: “We respect Patrick’s request for privacy for him and his family. We wish the entire Beilein family well as they address these personal issues.”
Mountaineer Sports would also like to wish Patrick Beilein all the best and hope to see him back on the sidelines soon.