Former CMU Basketball Coach Charlie Coles Passes Away at 71
Courtesy: CMU Athletic Communications
Coles served as CMU’s head coach from 1985-1991, compiling a 91-85 record in his six seasons, including a 22-8 mark in the 1986-87 campaign. The Chippewas captured the MAC regular season and tournament championships that season, earning Coles MAC Coach of the Year honors, and secured the program’s fourth inivitation to the NCAA Tournament. The following season, Coles’ Chippewas posted a 19-13 record and finished second in the MAC standings.
Coles coached three First Team All-MAC players at Central Michigan – Ervin Leavy (1987), Tommie Johnson (1988), and Hall of Famer Dan Majerle, a three-time honoree (1986-88), who would later become a three-time NBA all-star.
Coles went on to coach 16 seasons at his alma mater, Miami (Ohio) (1996-2011), finishing his career with a 355-308 record. With all 22 of his seasons as a head coach coming in the MAC, he amassed a career mark of 218-156 in conference play. His 218 MAC wins is a conference record. During Coles' career at MU, the RedHawks made seven postseason appearances and Coles coached 20 players who garnered 31 All-MAC awards, including 11 first team honorees.
Coles is survived by his wife, Delores, his son Chris (wife Robin), daughter Mary Bennett (husband Craig) and four grandchildren - Tyson, Taya and C.J. Coles and Jazz Bennett.