Penn State Behrend men’s basketball coach Dave Niland has picked up 362 victories and 162 defeats in 19 seasons at the helm of the Division III team, with no losing seasons.
His first cousin, Michigan’s John Beilein, has 673 career victories and 403 defeats after defeating Syracuse and Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim 64-59 in the Final Four meeting in Atlanta, then losing to Louisville and Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino 82-76 in the championship game.
Niland, whose father Joe Niland is the brother of Beilein’s mother, played at LeMoyne under Beilein in the late 1980s, when Beilein’s Division II Dolphins played under the shadow of Boeheim’s Orange. Beilein started at Erie Community College, spent one season at Nazareth (Division III), nine at LeMoyne, five at his first D-I job at Canisius, helped by Boeheim’s recommendation, five at Richmond, five at West Virginia, and now six at Michigan.
The combined 1,035-565 record could be No. 1 for first cousins.