Lewiston, NY (WSYR-TV) — Patrick Beilein resigned Thursday morning as head coach of the Niagara University men’s basketball team. Beilein resigned before he coached a game at Niagara. He accepted the position earlier this year after four seasons as head coach at Le Moyne College. Beilein issued the following statement:
“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.”
Syracuse native Greg Paulus has been named interim head coach at Niagara University. Paulus, who starred at CBA, went on to play college basketball at Duke University. Paulus also was quarterback for the Syracuse University football team for one season.
John Beilein, Patrick’s father, posted this on Twitter:
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