Niagara coach Beilein resigns for 'personal reasons'
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Niagara men's basketball coach Patrick Beilein has resigned before coaching his first game, citing "personal reasons" for his decision to step down Thursday.
Beilein, 36, the son of Cleveland Cavaliers coach John Beilein, landed the job in March after four seasons at Division II Le Moyne in Syracuse, N.Y.
"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."
Assistant coach Greg Paulus was named the interim coach for the Purple Eagles, who open the 2019-20 season on Nov. 8 at Drexel.
Before leading Le Moyne to three straight NCAA Division II tournaments, Beilein worked as an assistant coach for the NBA's Utah Jazz (2014-15) and at West Virginia Wesleyan (2012-14).
John Beilein tweeted his support for his son after the abrupt resignation was announced.
"Kathleen and I love our son, Patrick," he wrote. "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."