John Beilein - Biography

Last Modified: Oct 12, 2022

John Beilein
Profession: Basketball coach
Best Known For: Michigan Wolverines (football team)
Salary: $3.8 million
Net Worth: Under Review

Personal Details

Born on : February 5, 1953 (age 70)
Birth Name /
Full Name:
John Patrick Beilein
Birth Place: Burt, New York, USA
Horoscope: Aquarius
Father's Name: Arthur J. Beilein
Mother's Name: Josephine Niland Beilein
Siblings: 8
High School: DeSales High School
University: Wheeling Jesuit University, Niagara University
Ethnicity: German
Nationality: American


Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Married Date: March 23, 1983
Wife's Name: Kathleen Griffin
Children: 4

Patrick Beilein (son)
Mark Beilein (son)
Andrew Beilein (son)
Seana Hendricks (daughter)

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Hair Color: Light Brown
Eye Color: Blue
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Who is John Beilein?

John Beilein is an American basketball coach and has been so since 1975. He is currently the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

John Beilein – Age, Parents, Siblings

John Beilein’s birth took place on February 5, 1953, in Burt, New York, USA. He was born John Patrick Beilein to parents Arthur J. Beilein, a policeman, and Josephine Niland. He is not the only child of his parents and has eight siblings. Beilein is the eighth child of his mother and father.

Source: mlive (Arthur J. Beilein, Josephine Niland in 1960s)

Education, Ethnicity

He was educated at DeSales High School. After graduation, he enrolled at Wheeling Jesuit University, formerly known as Wheeling College. He graduated from the same in 1975 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. He went on to study Science at Niagara University and earned a Master of Science degree in 1981.

His ethnicity is German.

John Beilein – Girlfriend, Wife, Children, Divorce

John Beilein married his longtime girlfriend Kathleen Griffin on 14 October 1978. He and his wife have welcomed four children together- sons Patrick Beilein (born March 23, 1983), Mark Beilein, Andrew Beilein, and daughter Seana Hendricks.

His son Patrick has taken up in his father’s footsteps. Patrick is the current head basketball coach at Niagara University while Mark and Andrew work for Alro Steel and Business Roundtable respectively.

The couple is living happily without any rumors of extra-marital affairs or divorce.

Also read: Luke Walton - Former basketball player, Basketball coach 

Source: MLive (John Beilein, Kathleen Griffin in 1978)

John Beilein – Career

College games

While a student at Wheeling Jesuit University, John Beilein played for the college’s basketball team from 1971 to 1975. During the 1974–75 season, he even played as the captain of his team. 

After graduating, he started his professional career as a coach rather than a basketball player.

Also read: Frank Vogel - Basketball coach 

Source: mlive (John Beilein coaches Erie Community College at halftime of a 1981-82 game)

As a coach

In 1975, John Beilein first coached at Newfane High School for a total of three years. From  1978 to 1982 he coached at Erie Community College followed by basketball coaching at Nazareth College for the 1982–1983 school year.

Soon he joined Le Moyne College as a coach and coached its teams from 1983 to 1992. Then in 1992, John Beilein was finally hired to a Division I post at Canisius Golden Griffins. He stayed with the team until 1997.

Other teams Beilein has successfully coached are Richmond Spiders (1997–2002), West Virginia Mountaineers (2002–2007), and Michigan Wolverines (2007–2019). On May 13, 2019, he was named the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and has signed a five-year contract.

Throughout all his years as a basketball coach, he never served as an assistant coach.

Also read: Thomas Thibodeau - Basketball coach for Minnesota Timberwolves 

Source: The Sun (John Beilein coaches for Michigan Wolverines)

John Beilein – Net Worth, Salary

While with Michigan Wolverines, John Beilein’s salary was estimated to be $3,800,000. However, his salary with Cleveland Cavaliers has not been revealed. Also, there are no estimates of his net worth.

John Beilein – Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

On social media, Beilein is active on Twitter and does not own an official account on Facebook and Instagram.

Also read: Tom Izzo - College basketball coach 

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