BUCKHANNON - West Virginia Wesleyan unveiled their new head men’s basketball coach Tuesday afternoon, as Patrick Beilein was formally introduced as the leader of the Bobcats. The event also included the official passing of the guard with the athletic department leadership, as Randy Tenney was introduced as the new Athletic Director. It was Ken Tyler’s last public function as AD.
Beilein not only brings local history and a coaching pedigree to the Wesleyan sidelines, but also the enthusiasm that comes with a 29-year old embracing his first job as head coach. With the Bobcats coming off a 22-9 season in which they advanced into the second round of the NCAA Division II tourney. Beilein hopes to continue the school’s basketball and athletic tradition.
“I am very excited and grateful for the opportunity to coach at a school like Wesleyan,” Beilein said. “I want to put a team on the court here that not only plays hard, but is a group that the school and community can be proud of. It is important to me that we not only succeed in basketball, but that we also have guys who are good students, good citizens, and involved in the community.”
Beilein fielded questions ranging from his recruiting plans to what kind of offense he plans to employ. Throughout the press conference, references were made to his father, the legendary Coach John Beilein.
As his dad enters his sixth year at the helm of Michigan, he will always be remembered for his glorious five years in Morgantown where led the Mountaineers to both an Elite Eight and a Sweet Sixteen appearance. Patrick Beilein was a key cog scoring over 1,000 career points.
In one of the most influential graduating classes ever, the younger Beilein closed his career with fellow West Virginia University stars such as Mike Gansey, Kevin Pittsnogle, J.D. Collins, and Joe Herber.
“A lot of what I plan to do as a coach is a lot of what my dad has taught me over the years. We will run the two guard offense and spread the floor… you are going to see a team that puts up a lot of threes,” Beilein said. “I think we will also run some of the 1-3-1 defense that many of you are familiar with seeing from my dad’s team’s at WVU.”
“There is so much more than basketball when it comes to teaching,” Beilein said. “I think what all I learned from my dad. A lot of things happen now and I am like ‘dad was right.”