February 6, 1942|
|Died||June 7, 2013
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Sycamore HS (asst.)
Yellow Springs HS
Central Catholic HS
Miami (OH) (asst.)
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
MAC Tournament Championship (1987, 1997, 2007)
MAC Regular Season Championship (1987, 1997)
MAC Division Championship (1999, 2005)
MAC Coach of the Year (1987, 2005)
He was born Charles Leroy Coles in Springfield, Ohio and later moved in with his grandparents in nearby Yellow Springs, Ohio, where he attended Bryan High School. He led the state in scoring as a senior, averaging 42.1 points per game, including one game of 65 points, and graduated in 1959. His number 33 was retired by now Yellow Springs High School in a ceremony Coles attended in 2000.
He then went to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he again excelled in basketball from 1962 to 1965. He earned second-team All-MAC Mid-American Conference honors both his junior and senior seasons, averaging double figures in scoring all three seasons, including a career-high 18.5 points per game as a junior. He averaged 15.4 points per game in his Miami career, shooting 45.8 percent from the field and 80.2 percent from the free throw line.  He earned a bachelor of arts degree in physical education.
After graduating from Miami, he became a long-time successful high school basketball coach, beginning in Springfield and Yellow Springs before serving as head coach at Saginaw High School in Saginaw, Michigan. He coached the Trojans from 1972 to 1982, leading them to two state championship appearances.
He then moved on to the college ranks, serving as an assistant coach at the University of Detroit from 1982 to 1985.
Coles was the men's basketball head coach at Central Michigan University from 1986 to 1991. He compiled a 92–84 mark in his six seasons with the Chippewas, including 22–8 in 1986–87. Coles was named Mid-American Conference (MAC) Coach of the Year that season after leading CMU to the MAC regular-season and tournament championships and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. That team was led by future NBA All-Star Dan Majerle.
Coles returned to college coaching at Miami as an assistant coach from 1994 to 1996. In 1996, he was named Miami's head coach when Herb Sendek left Miami for North Carolina State University. Coles won three MAC regular-season crowns (1997, 1999 and 2005) while leading the RedHawks to appearances in the championship game of the MAC Tournament his first five years. The RedHawks won the MAC tournament title in 1997 and 2007.
Coles was named MAC Coach of the Year in 2005. On January 20, 2009, Coles recorded his 217th win at Miami, surpassing Darrell Hedric to become the school's winningest coach. Coles became the all-time MAC wins leader when he picked up his 195th conference victory by beating Ohio University 79–67 on January 16, 2010. Coles finished his career with 219 MAC wins.
While coaching at Miami, he also taught a class in basketball coaching theory. His contributions to Miami, including as player, coach, teacher and mentor, led to his induction into Miami's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1990.
At the conclusion of the 2011–12 season, Coles retired after 16 seasons at Miami.
Coles was survived by his wife, Delores, son Chris, daughter Mary Bennett, and four grandchildren.
Head coaching record
|Central Michigan (Mid-American Conference) (1985–1991)|
|1986–87||Central Michigan||22–8||14–2||1st||NCAA 1st Round|
|Miami (Mid-American Conference) (1996–2012)|
|1996–97||Miami||21–9||13–5||T–1st||NCAA 1st Round|
|1998–99||Miami||24–8||15–3||1st (East)||NCAA Sweet 16|
|2004–05||Miami||19–11||12–6||1st (East)||NIT 1st Round|
|2005–06||Miami||18–11||14–4||T–2nd (East)||NIT Opening Round|
|2006–07||Miami||18–15||10–6||3rd (East)||NCAA 1st Round|
|2007–08||Miami||17–15||9–7||4th (East)||CBI 1st Round|
|2010–11||Miami||16–17||11–5||2nd (East)||CBI 1st Round|
- "Miami Wins At Bowling Green 67-60". January 20, 2009. Retrieved January 20, 2009.
- "Strong Second Half Powers Miami Past Ohio, 79-67". January 16, 2010. Retrieved March 18, 2010.
- "Charlie Coles retires after 16 seasons". March 5, 2012. Retrieved March 6, 2012.
- "Charlie Coles dies at 71". June 7, 2013. Retrieved June 7, 2013.