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In a move no one saw coming, Patrick Beilein announced on Thursday that he will be resigning from his position as Niagara’s head coach.

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,” Beilein said in a statement. “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.

The University released its own statement on the news:

We respect Patrick’s request for privacy for him and his family,”Niagara athletic director Simon Gray said in a statement released by the school. 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.

And of course as the son of a Hall-of-Fame coach, his dad John released a statement along with his wife Kathleen:

Kathleen and I love our son, Patrick. We will assist him in every way so he can focus 100% on his personal issues. We believe that with a lot of hard work , he can do it. Thanks for respecting the privacy that Patrick and his family need at this time.

While I have not confirmed with outside sources at this time, it sounds like the younger Beilein could be dealing with some personal demons that are bad enough for him to give up his first Div.I head coaching gig before he ever coached a game. Beilein took over at Niagara this spring after spending four seasons as the head coach at Le Moyne.

Former Duke Blue Devil ,Greg Paulus, will take over as interim head coach.

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