BUCKHANNON, W.Va. -- West Virginia Wesleyan College Director of Athletics, Ken Tyler, announced today that Patrick Beilein has been named head men's basketball coach.
Beilein, currently director of men's basketball operations at Division I Bradley University, will be formally introduced to the campus and community at a press conference on Tuesday, June 5, at 1:30 in the Rockefeller Center.
Prior to Bradley, Beilein served as an assistant coach at Dartmouth College and as a graduate assistant under his father John Beilein at the University of Michigan.
Beilein played professional basketball in Ireland and as a member of the Houston Rockets' NBA summer league following a stellar career at West Virginia University, where he scored over 1,000 points and was a member of teams that advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight. He will officially begin his duties at Wesleyan on June 15.
Tyler stated, "We are very pleased that Pat has accepted our offer to become head men's basketball coach. He impressed everyone during his campus visit and we are excited to welcome him back to West Virginia. Pat is a rising star in the coaching profession and we look forward to him putting his imprint on the Bobcat basketball program. "
Statement from Patrick Beilein:
"I have always wanted to be a head coach at the collegiate level and I thank President Balch and Athletic Director Randy Tenney for this opportunity. 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. West Virginia Wesleyan has a proud tradition of success in basketball. We have our work cut out for us to re-establish consistancy with our roster and coaching staff. I am anxious to get started and continue to build this program."
What they're saying about Patrick Beilein:
Geno Ford, Head Coach, Bradley University:
"Pat is a 10 and is absolutely ready to be a head coach. Our players love him and we hate to lose him, but hiring Pat is a great steal for Wesleyan."
Paul Cormier, Head Coach, Dartmouth College:
"Pat is a special, first-class individual. He is a real student of the game and doesn't believe in taking shortcuts. Pat will be a star in this business and will be someone that Wesleyan and the community will really appreciate."
Press Conference Live on Tuesday at 1:30