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Most Recent Story: Remembering Miami and MAC Legend, Charlie Coles

By Jon Greenberg, |

Former Miami (Ohio) coach Charlie Coles had everything: The Xs and Os, the brains, the personality. In a perfect world, Coles would have been a millionaire with six-figure speaking fees, famous friends and a big shoe contract.

Instead he had a closet full of mock turtlenecks, the lowest salary in the Mid-American Conference—despite a Sweet 16 appearance—and more love and respect than any coach could dream about.

Miami (Ohio) coach Charlie Coles, who had a 355-308 career record as a basketball coach, died Friday.
“He never asked [for more money],” said Jason Grunkemeyer, a former player and assistant under Coles. “He’d joke that he just wants to tiptoe around and ‘hope they don’t fire me.’”

Coles, who retired in 2012, passed away at his home Friday at the age of 71. No cause of death was listed, but Grunkemeyer said Coles had been suffering from a variety of health ailments, unrelated to a history of heart problems.

Coles retired as the MAC leader in league wins with 218, including a 167-109 conference record in 16 seasons at his alma mater, highlighted by that 1999 trip to the Sweet 16 behind future NBA player Wally... [Read the entire story]

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