Coles was known for his authentic, engaging personality and for being a genuine character in the fraternity of college basketball coaches.
The clip above is Coles' most well-known podium moment. After the RedHawks fell to John Wall and Kentucky 72-70 in 2009, the coach was asked how the "game got away" from him and his team. I won't spoil any more of the video. Just watch it. When you do, you'll realize why it's already been tweeted out by sports fans and writers dozens of times in the immediacy of this news. It's one of the more memorable press-conference quips from college hoops in the past decade.
Coles coached at two places in his career. He led Central Michigan from 1985 to 1991, going 92-84 and making one NCAA tournament. Miami, his alma mater, hired him in 1996, and for the next 16 years Coles won 266 games, making three NCAA tournaments (including a Sweet 16 run in 1999) and averaging nearly 17 wins a season.
Coles retired in March of 2012 as the all-time leader in wins at Miami and in the MAC, with 218 victories in the conference.