Michigan basketball coach John Beilein's son, Patrick, hired as head coach at West Virginia Wesleyan
Like father, like son.
Patrick Beilein, the son of Michigan basketball coach John Beilein, was hired as head basketball coach at West Virginia Wesleyan, a Division II school in Buckhannon, W.V., on Sunday.
The college confirmed the hiring in a news release.
"I have always wanted to be a head coach at the collegiate level and I thank President (Pamela) Balch and Athletic Director Randy Tenney for this opportunity," Beilein said in a statement. "I am really looking forward to the challenges in front of us and am very happy to be coaching the Bobcats, as well as coming back to the great state of West Virginia."
Beilein, 29, takes his first head coaching job after spending last season as the director of basketball operations at Bradley.
He has also served as a graduate assistant at Dartmouth and, prior to that, was on his father's staff at Michigan -- also serving in a grad assistant role.
He takes over a WVWC program that went 22-9 last season. He replaces former Eastern Michigan coach Jim Boone, who departed for Delta State.
The Beileins faced off against one another for the first time last winter, when Patrick and Bradley visited the Crisler Center for a non-league matchup.
"It's going to be a little bit different on a personal level, but not just with my dad, but with his assistants and all the guys on the team that I know really well," Patrick told AnnArbor.com before that game. "It's going to be a lot of fun just to take it in. It's something I'll look back upon and remember in my coaching career, the first time going against my dad."
Michigan won, 77-66. Afterward, John Beilein playfully said there were no mixed emotions on his part.
"I've been doing this my whole life," he said. . "I'm so focused on the game, my mother could be on the other bench, my late mother -- bless her heart.
"And you know what, she'd be the same way."
As a player, Patrick was a 1,000-point scorer for John during his time at West Virginia. Shortly after graduation, he followed his father to Michigan, and remained on the Wolverine bench from 2008-10.
"I'd love to be back at Michigan one day coaching as an assistant with him in the future, that's my end-goal, to get (to that level)," Patrick told AnArbor.com last winter. "And, if that happens, I'd love to be able to bring him ideas that I've learned from some of the other coaches I've worked for.
"And maybe then I'll be able to bring something to the table. My dad knows a lot, but maybe there's one or two things I'll be able to add."
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