Originally written on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 11/6/14
It's 927 miles from Newfane High School to the Georgia Dome. By car, the trip from Western New York to Atlanta takes about 15 hours. For John Beilein, it took 38 years. "I don't know that I would recommend my career path to anyone else, but it worked for me" the Michigan coach said before leaving for his first career Final Four. "I wouldn't change a thing." Beilein was 22 when he ended his playing career at Wheeling College with a degree in history and a desire to be a basketball coach. Instead of trying to find a job as an assistant, he took the Newfane job while studying for a master's degree. After three seasons with the Panthers, he was ready to take the next step on the coaching ladder -- jumping all the way to Erie Community College. After he did his time there, he was on to Division III Nazareth College, where he recruited someone who quickly passed him on the coaching ladder. "Jeff Van Gundy was playing for his dad at Brockport, but when his dad got fired, he wanted to...
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