Charlie Coles

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Charlie Coles
Biographical details
Born(1942-02-06)February 6, 1942
Springfield, Ohio
DiedJune 7, 2013(2013-06-07) (aged 71)
Oxford, Ohio
Playing career
1962–1965Miami (OH)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1967–1968Sycamore HS (assistant)
1968–1969Shawnee HS
1969–1972Yellow Springs HS
1972–1982Saginaw HS
1982–1985Detroit (assistant)
1985–1991Central Michigan
1992–1994Central Catholic HS
1994–1996Miami (OH) (assistant)
1996–2012Miami (OH)
Head coaching record
Overall358–309 (.537)
Accomplishments and honors
MAC Tournament champion (1987, 1997, 2007)
MAC regular season champion (1987, 1997)
2× MAC Division champion (1999, 2005)
2× MAC Coach of the Year (1987, 2005)
No. 10 retired by Miami RedHawks
No. 33 retired by Yellow Springs HS

Charlie Coles (February 6, 1942 – June 7, 2013) was an American college basketball coach and the former men's basketball head coach at Miami University and Central Michigan University.

He was born Charles Leroy Coles in Springfield, Ohio and later moved in with his grandparents in nearby Yellow Springs, 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.[1]

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.[2] He earned a bachelor of arts degree in physical education.[2]

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.[3]

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.

From 1992 to 1994 he served as head coach at Central Catholic High School in Toledo, Ohio, with a record of 32–16 there.[4][2]

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.

In 1999, Coles and the RedHawks, led by future NBA forward Wally Szczerbiak, reached the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 before falling to the University of Kentucky.[5]

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.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8]

Coles died June 7, 2013 at the age of 71.[9] The funeral service was held at Miami University's basketball arena, Millett Hall. He was buried in Oxford Cemetery near the Miami campus.

Coles was survived by his wife, Delores, son Chris, daughter Mary Bennett, and four grandchildren.[5]

Head coaching record[edit]

Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Central Michigan Chippewas (Mid-American Conference) (1985–1991)
1985–86 Central Michigan 11–17 7–11 T–6th
1986–87 Central Michigan 22–8 14–2 1st NCAA 1st Round
1987–88 Central Michigan 19–13 10–6 2nd
1988–89 Central Michigan 13–15 7–9 T–5th
1989–90 Central Michigan 13–17 6–10 7th
1990–91 Central Michigan 14–14 8–8 6th
Central Michigan: 92–84 (.523) 52–46 (.531)
Miami Redskins / RedHawks (Mid-American Conference) (1996–2012)
1996–97 Miami 21–9 13–5 T–1st NCAA 1st Round
1997–98 Miami 17–12 9–9 T–2nd (East)
1998–99 Miami 24–8 15–3 1st (East) NCAA Sweet 16
1999–00 Miami 15–15 8–10 6th (East)
2000–01 Miami 17–16 10–8 T–4th (East)
2001–02 Miami 13–18 9–9 4th (East)
2002–03 Miami 13–15 11–7 2nd (East)
2003–04 Miami 18–11 12–6 2nd (East)
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
2008–09 Miami 17–13 10–6 T–3rd (East)
2009–10 Miami 14–18 9–7 T–3rd (East)
2010–11 Miami 16–17 11–5 2nd (East) CBI 1st Round
2011–12 Miami 9–21 5–11 6th (East)
Miami: 266–225 (.542) 167–109 (.605)
Total: 358–309 (.537)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ "Former basketball coach Charlie Coles— A coach like no other". 13 June 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "Miami Men's Basketball - 2002-03 Media Guide" (PDF). Miami University. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 13, 2013.
  3. ^ "Charlie Coles, Saginaw High basketball coaching legend, dies". 7 June 2013.
  4. ^ "No more long bus rides for classy Coles – Toledo Blade". Archived from the original on 2012-03-08.
  5. ^ a b "Obituary of Charlie Coles".
  6. ^ "Miami Wins At Bowling Green 67–60". January 20, 2009. Retrieved January 20, 2009.
  7. ^ "Strong Second Half Powers Miami Past Ohio, 79–67". January 16, 2010. Retrieved March 18, 2010.
  8. ^ "Charlie Coles retires after 16 seasons". March 5, 2012. Retrieved March 6, 2012.
  9. ^ "Charlie Coles dies at 71". June 7, 2013. Retrieved June 7, 2013.

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