Patrick Beilein to Lead Men’s Basketball Team
Monday, May 21st, 2012
West Virginia Wesleyan College announced today that Patrick Beilein has been named head men’s basketball coach. Beilein is currently the director of Men’s Basketball Operations at Division I Bradley University. He will begin his new position at Wesleyan June 15. A formal introduction to campus, community and media is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. June 5 in Wesleyan’s Rockefeller Center.
Prior joining Bradley University, 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 was a member of the Houston Rockets NBA summer league after a stellar career at West Virginia University, where he scored more than 1,000 points and was a member of teams that advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight.
“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,” Beilein said. “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 consistency with our roster and coaching staff. I am anxious to get started and continue to build this program.”
The Bobcats finished fourth in the WVIAC and for the second consecutive year advanced to the NCAA II Tournament, where they made history with our first-ever NCAA post-season win over Winston-Salem, NC. The Bobcats finished the year with a 22-9 record.