Beilein leads NCCC Thunder Wolves to NJCAA Tournament

Nephew of Michigan coach John Beilein was named Region III Division II Coach of the Year.

SANBORN, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Beilein name is no stranger to success in college hoops in Buffalo. Michigan head coach John Beilein got his start at Erie Community College and has also coached at Canisius. After a win in the Big 10 Tournament, John is heading to his 12th NCAA tournament.

But, western New York has another Beilein dancing…

The nephew of John Beilein, Bill,  led this year’s Niagara County Community College squad to a conference and regional championship for the first time since 1979.

Bill’s success didn’t go without recognition, after the Thunder Wolves regional win, Bill was named Region III Division II  coach of the year for the first time ever.

And his Uncle John took notice right away.

Now the Thunder Wolves March Madness continues at the National Junior College Tournament in Illinois. They found out Tuesday afternoon that  they face Macomb Community College, a school that just happens to be an an hour from Ann Arbor.

Now the Beilein family has two teams to keep an eye on starting this March, the Wolverines and the Thunder Wolves. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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