Beilein Steps Down as NU Basketball Coach

Greg Paulus to take over

Tom Puckett
October 24, 2019 - 11:43 am

Lewiston, NY (WBEN) Niagara University says Patrick Beilein is stepping down as men's basketball coach before the season begins.

Beilein, named coach in May, says in a statement, "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.  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."

Greg Paulus as the interim head coach of the Purple Eagles men’s basketball team. Greg joined the Purple Eagles staff in May as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator, and he has been instrumental in building this incoming class for the team.

“Since coming to the NU campus, Greg has not only been an incredible asset to the men’s basketball team, he has been a great leader for the athletic department and the campus community,” said Simon Gray, director of athletics. “His experience as a player and a coach at the highest levels of Division I basketball, will be paramount as we continue to build our program.”

Paulus replaces Patrick Beilein who stepped down from his position for personal reasons.

“We respect Patrick’s request for privacy for him and his family. We wish the entire Beilein family well as they address these personal issues. We are excited to have Greg Paulus leading Purple Eagles basketball this season,” Gray added.

Greg Paulus joined Niagara after working on the coaching staffs at George Washington University, University of Louisville, Ohio State University and Navy.

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