"Everything comes full circle," Richmond said.
When Kansas led Michigan by 10 points with 2:52 left in this year's Sweet 16, Richardson watched and learned from Beilein.
"He never gets too emotional one way or another," Richardson said. "He's cerebral and calm. He's sitting there taking it all in and when you have a coach like that, it can really help your players. They don't get rattled.
"Great players reflect the personalities of their coach and that's one of the reasons Michigan is in the final game."
Another Beilein lesson passed on to a young coach.
During my undergraduate years at West Virginia, I witnessed Beilein's work firsthand. Between classes at the Coliseum, I'd sometimes grab lunch and take a seat in an empty basketball arena to pass the time.
One day, Northwestern State transfer D'or Fischer was practicing jumpers from the elbow. Beilein, in a T-shirt and shorts, started running the Coliseum steps on the second level.
He'd run to the top, turn around, and as his momentum carried him back down the steps he'd shout instructions at the WVU big man.
He never stopped teaching.
That stuck with a former Daily Mail colleague Andrew Beckner, who is now the press secretary for Sen. Jay Rockefeller.
Beckner spent three years covering Beilein and the Mountaineers for the Daily Mail. One time Beckner was in a hotel for a WVU road trip running on a treadmill in an otherwise empty fitness room when Beilein walked in.
There were 20 or 30 treadmills, so Beilein had his pick. He took the one beside Beckner and the two watched a televised college basketball game during the workout.
"He could've very easily nodded at me and gone to the other end of the room knowing that I'm a reporter and he could have just jogged on his own," Beckner said. "The entire time we were there, probably 30-45 minutes, he diagrammed plays for me. He knew what plays were coming and he explained the game from a coach's perspective.
"That could have been his quiet time, but he was a teacher and he wanted to teach me about basketball."
A couple years later, Beckner went to New York City to watch the Mountaineers win the National Invitation Tournament at Madison Square Garden.
"It was the NIT and ended up being his last game at West Virginia," Beckner recalled. "The players are cutting the nets down and he's explaining to (Alex) Ruoff and (Joe) Alexander how to cut the net. It wasn't enough for them to cut it, but he had to make sure they were cutting it evenly so everyone got a big enough piece.
"I remember him standing there on the court, hands behind his back, teaching them how to cut the nets down."
Don't be surprised if he does the same tonight in Atlanta.
Contact sports editor Chuck McGill at chuck.mcg...@dailymail.com or 304-348-7949. Follow him on Twitter @chuckmcgill.