NIAGARA UNIV., N.Y. – Niagara University President Rev. James J. Maher, C.M. and Director of Athletics Simon Gray introduced Patrick Beilein to the Niagara University community Tuesday, April 2 on the Frank and Barbara Layden Court at the Gallagher Center.

“I promise you one thing: We are going to win at an extremely high level,” Beilein said. “We are going to do it the right way. We are going to win championships. As you come to games, you’ll see a team that’s fun to watch, with high IQ. We will not turn the ball over. And we are going to guard. … Our culture will hang a lot of banners going forward.”

Beilein was named the 22nd head coach of the Niagara University men’s basketball program on March 28. Beilein spent the last four years leading the Le Moyne Dolphins program. Beilein, a two-time Northeast-10 Conference Coach of the Year recipient, guided Le Moyne to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances including the program’s first-ever NCAA Elite 8 appearance in 2018.

Beilein was a four-year letterwinner at West Virginia University where he was a 1,000-point scorer and a senior co-captain. He was a member of two NCAA Tournament and one NIT Tournament teams.

“I really thought this was a no-brainer for him and for the university,” said John Beilein, Patrick’s Dad and head coach of the Michigan Wolverines. “But they had to decide that, and I was just keeping my fingers crossed that he could do this because I love Niagara University, and I love the MAAC.”

Patrick is married to his wife Kristen, an All-ACC women’s lacrosse student-athlete at the University of North Carolina, and the couple have a son, Tommy.  

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