NCAA Championship Head Coach Has Niagara County Roots

April 8, 2013 Updated Apr 8, 2013 at 11:25 PM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

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April 8, 2013 Updated Apr 8, 2013 at 11:25 PM EDT


Burt, NY (WKBW) - The battle for a national championship is on the line -- and leading the fight behind the bench tonight is Michigan Head Coach, and Niagara County Native, John Beilein.

A lot of his family is in Atlanta watching the game.

However, dozens of other relatives and friends gathered at Beilein's childhood home, hoping they will watch another win.

His sister, Beth Beilein Mayor said, ""I'm a wreck! I have my rosary -- my mother's rosary, and my prayer book. It's the same one that John careers."

Dozens and relatives and friends of all ages gathered around, watching the big game on multiple televisions and rooting for a big win. The cheers were endless.

Coach Beilein's niece, Sara Capen said, "It's just been such a journey -- and when you think that this is where the dream began, right in this house, right in Burt, NY with the support of my grandparents and all his brothers and sisters."

Beilein began his career at Newfane High School before making the movie to Erie Community College.

He bounced around at several schools on the east coast, including Canisius College.

He is now at University at Michigan and has brought the Wolverines all the way to the 2013 National Championship Game.

His supporters say Beilein is not just a great coach, but also an amazing person.

"I mean he gets father's day cards," Mayor says. "He's a teacher before anything else."