Canisius inducts John Beilein into sports Hall of Fame

Former Golden Griffins head basketball coach was honored Tuesday night

Louie DiBiase
September 24, 2019 - 11:38 pm

Photo: David Banks - USA TODAY Sports


Canisius College honored former head basketball coach John Beilein on Tuesday, inducting him into the university's sports Hall of Fame. The current head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers lead the Golden Griffins from 1992 to 1997.

Beilein finished with 89 wins at Canisius, multiple conference championship berths, and an appearance in the NCAA tournament in 1996. 

He becomes the third member of his family to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, along with his uncles Tom and Joe Niland. 

The Western New York native went on to coach for many notable collegiate basketball programs, including West Virginia and Michigan before getting a shot at coaching in the NBA with Cleveland. 

Beilein signed a five-year contract with the Cavaliers this offseason after coaching at Michigan for 12 years.

On top of turning around the Canisius basketball program, Beilein's coaching resume includes two trips to the national championship, and two Big Ten titles with the Wolverines.

He becomes the 210th member of the Canisius sports Hall of Fame. 


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