Hudson Valley Sports Report

BEILEIN REJECTS MARIST OFFER

Sources Say LeMoyne Coach Doesn’t Feel Red Fox Job Can Further His Career

By Rich Thomaselli
HVSR Staff

POUGHKEEPSIE – Patrick Beilein has turned down an offer from Marist College to become its next head men’s basketball coach, Hudson Valley Sports Report has learned.

Sources inside and outside of Marist, with knowledge of the coaching search, say the current LeMoyne College coach had until Thursday night to accept the offer and declined, ultimately deciding that coming to Poughkeepsie could be a gamble in furthering his future coaching ambitions.

Marist Director of Athletics Tim Murray, who said it was his goal to make a hire before the Final Four started on Saturday, did not return text messages seeking comment Thursday night or Friday afternoon.

Marist’s Sports Information Director, Mike Ferraro, asked if there would be an official announcement of any kind on Friday, said he has not heard from his superiors yet. “We still might,” he said in a text message at 5 p.m., “but I don’t know that now.”

Beilein, the son of University of Michigan basketball coach John Beilein, could not be reached for comment. Patrick Beilein’s wife delivered the couple’s first child on Monday and his father is coaching in the national semifinals on Saturday night.

Beilein, who took LeMoyne to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight this season, was in the running for the Marist job four years ago when Jeff Bower abruptly left after one year to take the general manager’s job with the Detroit Pistons.

Marist subsequently hired Mike Maker, who averaged only seven wins a year over his four years and was fired earlier this month. Maker had two years left on his $255,000 a year contract.

Ironically, Maker and Patrick Beilein worked together on John Beilein’s staff at West Virginia.

Sources tell HVSR that Beilein, a hot commodity given his wildly successful run at LeMoyne, was torn over the Marist offer. Apparently he had difficulty deciding between taking the job – and potentially becoming known as the star coach who turned around the program with the second-worst record in the last 10 years among all Division I-playing men’s basketball team – or rejecting the job out of fear that it would hurt his chances of using Marist as a springboard to a Power 5 coaching job.

Now Murray and Marist quickly have to pivot to Plan B. HVSR previously identified several candidates for the position, who either spoke to Parker & Associates, the Atlanta-based search firm retained by Marist – such as Norfolk State University head men’s basketball coach Robert Jones and former Marist assistant and current Wagner coach Bashir Mason – and/or got as far as personal interviews and on-campus visits with Murray.

Those include Beilein, Iowa assistant and former Siena assistant Andrew Francis, and a ‘mystery candidate’ described by sources to HVSR as a highly regarded assistant coach for a mid-major east coast-based team.

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