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Former Mountaineer Beilein Named WV Wesleyan Coach

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Patrick Beilein is returning to the state of West Virginia.

The former WVU basketball player was named head coach at West Virginia Wesleyan in Buckhannon Monday.

"I have always wanted to be a head coach at the collegiate level and I thank President [Pamela] Balch and Athletic Director Randy Tenney for this opportunity," Beilein said in a statement. "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."

Six years following his final season for the Mountaineers, Beilein is landing his first head coaching position. He served the 2011 season as Bradley University's Director of Basketball Operations a year after assisting at Dartmouth College.

Beilein, who played at WVU under his father, former head coach John Beilein, was part of a strong senior class for the Mountaineers that made it to two-straight Sweet 16s, including an Elite Eight appearance in the 2004-05 season.

In four years with the West Virginia, Beilein averaged 7.8 points and his 70 made 3-pointers ranks 10th on the program's all-time list.

"We are very pleased that Pat has accepted our offer to become head men's basketball coach," said outgoing athletic director Ken Tyler. "He impressed everyone during his campus visit and we are excited to welcome him back to West Virginia. Pat is a rising star in the coaching profession and we look forward to him putting his imprint on the Bobcat basketball program."

After graduating in 2006, Beilein played overseas for the Landstede Zwolle in Holland and UCD Marian in Ireland before joining his father's staff at Michigan as a graduate assistant.

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