Patrick Beilein takes coaching job at LeMoyne College

Rod Beard
The Detroit News
Michigan head basketball coach John Beilein shakes hands with his son Patrick Beilein, then director of operations for Bradley.

In the Beilein family, the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree.

And that tree isn't far from the Big Apple.

Patrick Beilein, son of Michigan coach John Beilein, will follow his father's path as the head coach at Division II LeMoyne College in Syracuse, New York. John Beilein coached at LeMoyne from 1983-92, racking up a 163-94 record.

It's a big step for Patrick, who last season worked in player development for the Utah Jazz and previously was the head coach at West Virginia Wesleyan for two seasons. After playing for his father at West Virginia, Patrick followed John to Michigan and was a graduate assistant.

"I sincerely believe this is a win-win situation for both Patrick and Le Moyne College. Le Moyne has such a rich history of excellence in all of its athletic and academic programs," John said in a press release. "(John's wife) Kathleen and I are so proud that Patrick can now be a part of both this great Jesuit education and the men's basketball program that was such a big part of our lives for almost a decade."

Patrick's journey to Syracuse mirrors his father's, as John got his big break at LeMoyne before moving on to his first Division I job at Canisius. Patrick has been along for that ride.

"Patrick has been a student of the game since he first picked up a basketball. Since Patrick stopped playing, he has developed his own coaching identity and philosophy," John said. "I look forward to seeing him use his teaching and coaching skills as he and his staff represents Le Moyne College and its men's basketball program for many years to come."

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