Beilein, currently in New York with his family and unavailable for comment, has said that Niland helped him get into coaching and has been a mentor to him throughout. Joe Niland, Jr., Beilein's cousin, is the current head coach of the University of Mobile (Ala.), where he helped lead the Rams to the NAIA Final Four in 2003-04. Niland Jr.'s younger brother, Dave, is the head basketball coach at Penn State-Behrend College in Erie, PA and his uncle, Tom Niland, coached at LeMoyne College in Syracuse, NY from 1947-1972 and served as the school's Athletic Director for 45 years, retiring in 1992.
Beilein coached at both LeMoyne and Canisius for a combined 14 years, amassing 252 of his career 544 wins at the two schools. They were his third and fourth coaching stops, respectively, in a career that has seen him coach at seven schools. His 89 wins in five years at Canisius place him just in front of Niland. Beilein's wins rank him in the top 80 all-time in NCAA Division I.