The Bialek family after Jair scored his 1,000th point for the Fillmore Eagles.
By JOHN ANDERSON
When you are the son or daughter of a successful college basketball coach, you better get used to living out of a suitcase and making new friends at different schools.
That’s the case for Fillmore’s Jair Bialek. His father, Jeremy Bialek was named the 11th head coach in Houghton University history in March.
That meant leaving his team in Illinois where he was hoping to score his 1,000th point as a senior.
The family — and what a family they are — moved to the new state, and to Fillmore where he joined the basketball team.
On Thursday night, Bialek scored 13 points and became the newest addition into the school’s illustrious 1,000-point club in his first season with the Eagles.
Fillmore coach Randy Crouch and the school celebrated the accomplishment for the family like he was part of the team his entire career. After a quick ceremony during their game with Wellsville, the team posed for a photo after the game as well. It was a bittersweet one as Fillmore lost to the 6-1 Lions.
Coach Bialek went to high school at Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse. He then attended Butler University and Syracuse University. He is no stranger to basketball ways. His father, Joseph Bialek, was the coach at Utica University.
Jeremy and Julie Bialek have 11 children, Ali, Jair, JD, Jonah, Annalisa, Jordan, Jacob, Judah, Josiah, Jamin and Amelia. If Houghton continues their success, Fillmore may have some more basketball players in the future!
Coach Jeremy Bialek coached at Trinity Christian College for three seasons and as a high school coach for more than 20 years, he won 440 games and went to seven national final fours as the coach of Indianapolis Homeschool.