By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Niagara Purple Eagles will have an interim men’s basketball head coach for the 2019-20 season. Former head coach Patrick Beilein has stepped down.
Greg Paulus will serve as the interim head coach for the season. He was hired by the school in May as their assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.
“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,” Director of Athletics Simon Gray said. “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.”
Beilein said it was ‘personal reasons’ led him to step down from his dream opportunity. He said in due time, he would say what led him to step down from his first head coaching opportunity.
The 36-year-old Rochester, New York native stepped away before the season began.
“It is with heavy regret that I must inform the entire Purple Eagles nation that effective today, I have resigned my position as the head men’s basketball coach at Niagara University,” he said. “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 reason 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 think you all for respecting my family’s need to privacy and for all of your continued support.”
The 33-year-old Medina, Ohio gets his first head coaching opportunity after being an assistant coach since the 2010-11 season. He has previous stops with the Navy Midshipmen, Ohio State Buckeyes, Louisville Cardinals, and the George Washington Colonels, before arriving at Niagara.
“We respect Patrick’s request for privacy for him and his family,” Gray said. “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.”