May 22, 2011

Miami University head men's basketball coach Charlie Coles was one of 19 individuals inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday evening (May 21). (Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2011)

Coles, who is Miami’s all-time winningest coach (254 wins) and owns the most conference wins (213) of any Mid-American Conference coach, has been the head coach at Miami for 15 seasons and a head coach in the MAC for 21 seasons, which includes six seasons as head coach at Central Michigan. He had guided Miami to seven postseason appearances and led the RedHawks to five straight MAC Championship game appearances from 1997-2001, which ties for the longest string of MAC title game berths and was the first such stretch.

In 21 seasons as a head coach in the Mid-American Conference, Coles' coached squads have never missed a conference tournament and have at least advanced to the quarterfinals since the league expanded to the all-inclusive format in 1999-00, and he has been named MAC Coach of the Year twice. Earlier this year, Coles was tabbed the NABC District 14 Coach of the Year and was named an named Guardian of the Game, a prestigious award from the NABC.

In addition to his coaching prowess, Coles was a standout player on the basketball floor for the Red & White from 1963-65. A two-time Second-Team All-MAC selection, Coles averaged double figures in scoring all three seasons, including an 18.5 ppg average and a team-leading 50.3 field goal percentage as a junior. He was a member of Miami's co-MAC CHampionships team as a senior and is one of the program's 1,000-piont career scorers, ranking 29th with 1,096 career points.

A native of Yellow Springs, Ohio, Coles was the leading scorer in the state as a senior at Bryan High School, averaging 42.1 ppg. He scored 40 or more points 15 times and never few than 23. Coles has also been inducted into the Greater Cincinnati Bassketball Hall of Fame (2008) and the Miami Univeristy Hall of Fame (1990) and had his jersey retired by Yellow Springs High School in 2000.

Coles has also been inducted into the Greater Cincinnati Bassketball Hall of Fame (2008) and the Miami Univeristy Hall of Fame (1990) and had his jersey retired by Yellow Springs High School in 2000.