Michigan’s coach isn’t the only former Richmond resident named Beilein who made a mark in March.
The son of Michigan’s John Beilein, former Benedictine standout player Patrick Beilein, led Division II Le Moyne College to the finest season in school history and at 35 is regarded as one of the college game’s up-and-coming candidates for open Division I positions.
Beilein’s Dolphins ended 27-7 after falling to West Texas A&M in the NCAA quarterfinals on March 20 in Sioux Falls, S.D. Le Moyne won the DII East Region championship and advanced to the national quarterfinals for the first time in school history.
Beilein was named Northeast 10 Conference coach of the year in 2017, when the Dolphins finished 22-6, and in 2018. This season, he led a team with some players who were part of the program before he arrived, and several transfers. Steve Evans moved into athletic administration at Le Moyne after 15 years as basketball coach, and Beilein succeeded him.
“When you bring in a lot of transfers, it can be dangerous in the sense of the chemistry, team chemistry,” Beilein said. “We struck lightning in a bottle with this group. The players that were left over from Steve Evans’ last year combined with the guys we brought in ... The team chemistry was at an all-time high.
“I think team chemistry can, eventually, outlast talent. That’s where we started separating ourselves from last year to this year, in (league play) especially.”
John Beilein’s Michigan team (31-7) faces Florida State (23-11) Saturday night in Los Angeles for a spot in the Final Four.
Patrick Beilein was a second-team All-Metro selection in 2002 as a 6-foot-4 Benedictine guard known for his perimeter shooting. He orally committed to Richmond that year, during John Beilein’s fifth and final season as Spiders coach.
When John Beilein moved to West Virginia for the 2002-03 season, Patrick became a Mountaineer. At WVU during 2002-06, he scored 1,001 points and made 242 3-pointers.
Beilein played professionally in Europe, then started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Michigan, where his father took over the program in 2007. Patrick Beilein then worked on the Dartmouth staff, as director of basketball operations at Bradley, as head coach at Division II West Virginia Wesleyan, and as a player-development/video analyst assistant with the Utah Jazz.
In 2015, Beilein got the job at Le Moyne, which is located in Syracuse and has special significance to the Beilein family.
From 1983 to 1992, John Beilein was Le Moyne’s coach. From there, he shifted to Division I Canisius, and then relocated to Richmond in 1997. At Le Moyne, John Beilein was hired by his uncle, Tom Niland, the school’s first basketball coach and director of athletics.
“To carry on his tradition and my dad’s tradition and all the other coaches, especially those two with the family ties, is a dream come true,” Patrick Beilein said.