John Beilein proud of son Patrick's success as Le Moyne coach
Patrick's Le Moyne team 21-5 with shot at NCAA Division II tournament
by Mark Snyder, Detroit Free Press
The coaching tree for Michigan basketball's John Beilein has multiplied with head coaches in recent years.
But few of them have succeeded as quickly as Beilein's son, Patrick.
In just his second year at Le Moyne, the school where Beilein coached from 1983-1992, Patrick has reconstructed the program after breaking it down. He endured a 10-17 record last season before this year’s resurgence, currently at 21-5 for the third-most wins in program history. The Dolphins are the top team in the Division II East Regional rankings.
Le Moyne also recently entered the NABC/Division II national rankings at No. 24, the school’s first appearance since 2009.
Patrick was honored on Thursday as the coach of the year in the Northeast-10 Conference. Le Moyne faces New Haven for the conference tournament championship on Sunday.
“That was really great, for him to be coach of the year,” Beilein said. “They still have to win a couple games, but if they could make the NCAA tournament … . I was there nine years, a lot of 20-win seasons and we only went once. So for him to go in two years, it’s really good.”
Many of Patrick’s coaching and style philosophies came from Beilein's teams. He played under his father at West Virginia, and his team at Le Moyne has used some of the same principles from that precision motion offense, shattering the school record for three-pointers in a season.
But there are some differences.
“They play a lot better defense than we do,” Beilein said of the Dolphins, who are allowing 64.8 points per game, the program’s second-lowest total since the 1960s. “We talk almost every day by text or by phone call about something that might come up. So it’s really been good. They play Sunday at 3, so I will tune out everything at that time and watch his game.”
Beilein’s advice comes from years of perspective, reminding Patrick to have his players seize this opportunity. It's hard to know when the next one will come.
"I say, keep 'em fresh, keep 'em positive – I do this with my team – make sure they understand this stuff just doesn't happen where you're healthy, you've got good runs, you win a lot of close games," Beilein said. "Some days, you get unhealthy and you lose a lot of close games and it had nothing to do with coaching. Make sure your kids understand the diligence their dedication and sacrifice off the court. Because next year they could have two injuries and their whole season could change."