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.