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Miami's Charlie Coles calls it a career

Posted on: March 5, 2012 10:19 pm

By Jeff Goodman

Charlie Coles has finally called it a career. 

Miami-Ohio's head man, one of the more likable guys in the industry, announced his retirement moments after his team was knocked out of the MAC tournament Monday night. 

Coles replaced Herb Sendek back in 1996 and was in the final year of his contract. He was 70 years old, but it was the numerous health issues that may have ultimately caused him to retire. 

He had a heart attack in 1986 while at Central Michigan, collapsed on the court during a MAC tourney game in 1998 and underwent bypass surgery a decade later. Recently, Coles was in the hospital for a couple days due to a virus. 

Coles played at Miami and was an assistant under Sendek. He coached a Wally Szczerbiak-led team to the Sweet 16 in 1999. 

Coles leaves with a 266-226 mark at Miami. 

Category: NCAAB

Since: Feb 20, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 8:39 am

Miami's Charlie Coles calls it a career

Teres Minor........Thanks for that clip.  Awesome.....I'm a BG alum, and have always loved Mr. Coles coaching style and personality....Much success to him in retirement.  Did the announcer sound like a guy that may be doing a little TV for the Detroit or FSN network now?

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: March 6, 2012 3:08 am

Miami's Charlie Coles calls it a career

Good luck to Coach Coles.  I would bet that he still considers his best moment one in which he didn't even coach: watching his son heave up a 3/4 court shot to win the MHSAA Championship in 1986.  I don't think CBS allows links, but a nice clip can be found by searching this:

Saginaw Buena Vista 1986 Boys Class B Final

The shot and the reactions are priceless, especially the BV cheerleader who started doing handsprings toward center court from underneath the basket where the points were scored.  I don't know if the Charlie was there or watching on TV, but his son made a once in a lifetime shot at the most opportune time he could possibly have made it.  

It is the best basketball game I ever saw in person: college, HS, or NBA. 

Since: Jun 28, 2009
Posted on: March 6, 2012 1:27 am

Miami's Charlie Coles calls it a career

I've known Coach Coles since high school...he coached at my school in Saginaw, Michigan. He was great there and a positive influence everywhere he went. Congratulations on a great career and I hope you enjoy your retirement!

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