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Niagara coach Patrick Beilein to step down; Greg Paulus to fill in, according to report

The unexpected move comes 15 days before the Purple Eagles’ first game.

Le Moyne v Syracuse Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

Back in March of this year, Patrick Beilein, son of current Cleveland Cavaliers Head Coach John Beilein, was announced as the new head coach of the Niagara Purple Eagles, a team that had just fired Chris Casey after posting a 64–129 record in six years on the job.

Today, it was reported on Twitter that Beilein will be stepping down from the job before he even coached a game for Niagara:

Beilein had just made the jump to D-I after a successful stint as the head coach of the Le Moyne Dolphins, a D-II program.

This move is obviously very unexpected, and no further information has been reported regarding the reason for Beilein’s departure. Now, with only fifteen days before the season begins with a game against Drexel, Greg Paulus will fill in for Beilein.

Paulus is a former Duke guard who spent 2011-17 working as an assistant for Thad Matta at Ohio State before spells as an assistant at Louisville in 2017-18 and George Washington in 2018-19.

UPDATE (11:27 am):

Patrick Beilein has released a statement making his resignation official: