Beilein Introduced As Men's Head Coach

For the second time in two weeks, Athletic Director introduced the 20th head basketball coach at West Virginia University.

Beilein took the podium after brief introductory remarks from Athletic Director Ed Pastilong and WVU President David Hardesty. Beilein walked down the carpet at the WVU Coliseum to begin his tenure as the head basketball coach after meeting briefly with his players.

"It's been an eventful couple of days in our life," Beilein said. It was a difficult day from the standpoint of leaving Richmond after five years.

"I know that we have a tremendous challenge in front of us. It's going to take a great deal of courage to get through this. I want to ask everyone, our great booster clubs, our students, and all the alums of West Virginia to be patient. I think we have a style that you will enjoy.

"I think that chemistry is one of the most important and underrated things on a basketball team. I told the players right before I came out that if we stick together, we can do good things.

"Recruiting will go wherever it takes to find the right style of athlete for WVU. We don't have plans to be in the middle of the pack in the Big East. We are going to strive to be the best. I'm convinced this University has all the resources to be successful."

Despite being baited by questions about the sudden departure of Dan Dakich, Beilein refused to comment.

"I don't know Dan very well, and I usually don't get caught up in things like that," he said of the departure. "I don't focus on problems -- I focus on solutions."

Before Beilein spoke, WVU President David Hardesty said seven candidates were considered during the most recent coaching search, which focused on issues of character as well as basketball achievement.

Beilein will bring all of his assistants with him from Richmond. They include Jeff Neubauer, Mike Jones and Matt Brown.


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