Charlie Coles

Charlie Coles (1942-2013)

Teams coached: Central Michigan Chippewas, Miami RedHawks
Central Michigan record: 92-84 (.523)
Miami (OH) record: 266-226 (.541)
Overall record: 358-310 (.536)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  4  (1987, 1997, 1999, 2007)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  1  (1999)
  • NCAA Tournament Final Four:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  2  (2005, 2006)
  • CBI Appearances:  2  (2008, 2011)
  • MAC Regular Season Champion:  4  (1987, 1997, 1999, 2005)
  • MAC Tournament Champion:  3  (1987, 1997, 2007)


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1996-2012 Miami (OH)
1994-1996 Miami (OH) (asst)
1985-1991 Central Michigan
1982-1985 Detroit (asst)

Charlie Coles Facts

  • Charles Leroy Coles
  • Born February 6, 1942
  • Died June 7, 2013
  • Hometown: Springfield, Ohio
  • Alma Mater: Miami University (BA, 1965)
  • Raised in Springfield, OH and attended Bryan HS in Yellow Springs, OH, where he averaged 42.1 ppg as a senior in 1958-59
    • In 2000, Coles had his number #33 was retired at the school, now known as Yellow Springs HS
  • Went on to play college basketball at Miami (OH) under head coach Dick Shrider, twice earning All-MAC second team honors
  • Started his coaching career at the high school level, first at Sycamore HS in Cincinnati, then at alma mater Yellow Springs
  • Served as the head coach at Saginaw HS (MI) for ten seasons, winning two state championships during that tenure
  • Moved up to the college ranks in 1982, spending three seasons as an assistant under head coach John Mulroy at Detroit Mercy
  • Hired in 1985 to be the head coach at Central Michigan, leading the Chippewas for six seasons
    • Swept the MAC regular season and MAC Tournament titles in 1987, appearing in the NCAA Tournament, but closed out his tenure with three straight seasons at .500 or lower
  • Returned to the high school level, coaching at Central Catholic HS in Toledo, OH for two seasons
  • Joined Herb Sendek‘s staff as an assistant at alma mater Miami (OH) in 1994 and then took over as the head coach in 1996
    • Coached the RedHawks for sixteen seasons, winning 266 games and going to the postseason seven times (three NCAA, two NIT, two CBI)
    • Won the MAC regular season three times and MAC Tournament three times
  • Passed away in June 2013, a little over a year after retiring as the Redhawks’ head coach
    • Survived by his wife, Delores, a son, a daughter and four grandchildren
    • Son Chris Coles is a basketball coach, working at the high school and D-III collegiate levels

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