University of Nebraska men's basketball coach Tim Miles announced the hiring of Ronald Coleman to the Husker basketball staff. Coleman spent the 2011-12 season at Colorado State, helping the Rams to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Coleman brings experience at the college level and at the high school ranks, serving as a top AAU basketball coach in his native Chicago.
"I am very excited to have Ron join our staff at Nebraska," Miles said. "He was a valuable part of the storied tradition of Illinois high school basketball in recent years. He comes from two great programs: Mac Irvin Fire in AAU basketball and Whitney M. Young, which he helped become a national power in the high school ranks. He is an excellent coach and teacher of the game. He will model the right things for our student-athletes."
Coleman joined the CSU staff in August of 2011, and helped the Rams to their first 20-win season since 1997-98. In his lone season in Fort Collins, three players earned All-Mountain West Conference honors - the highest total in the program's history - in helping the Rams reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time in nine seasons. Wes Eikmeier earned first-team Mountain West honors after averaging 15.5 points per game, while Dorian Green and Pierce Hornung were both third-team honorees.
As a team, Colorado State led the Mountain West in field goal percentage (47.1), 3-point percentage (40.0) and free throw percentage (76.8). The Rams finished the year ranked sixth nationally in free throw percentage and seventh in 3-point percentage, joining Missouri as the only programs in the nation to rank in the top 10 in both categories.
A 1992 graduate of Chicago's South Shore Career Academy, Coleman continued his basketball playing career at Weber State, where he saw action in 25 games for the Wildcats as a true freshman during the 1992-93 season. Coleman transferred to Lamar as a sophomore and after sitting out the 1993-94 season (per NCAA transfer rules), led the Cardinals to a successful three-year stretch from 1994 to 1997. He earn three consecutive first-team All-Sun Belt Conference nods as LU's leading scorer each season, and ranked among the program's top-10 career scorers with 1,316 points in 81 career games.
Coleman earned his bachelor's in applied arts and science from Lamar in May of 1997, and began a seven-year professional playing career that saw the 6-4 guard play with the NBA's Houston Rockets and the Grand Rapids Hoops of the Continental Basketball Association. Coleman also played overseas in Finland and in the top league in Latvia before returning to the United States to coach in the high school and AAU ranks in talent-rich Chicago.
From 2005 to 2011, Coleman was the head coach of Chicago's AAU Mac Irvin Fire, developing the squad into one of the top AAU programs in the country. Coleman's team earned top-three overall finishes at the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League in 2009-10. While coaching the Fire, Coleman developed some of the top prep players in the country, including four McDonald's All-Americans, four Illinois Players of the Year, and 15 players that participated in the NBA Players Association Top-100 camp and the LeBron James Skills Academy between 2007 and 2010.
At Benjamin E. Mays Academy, he led the program to a 35-0 season, taking home top honors as the District 299 City Championship before moving to national power Whitney M. Young as the associate head coach. From 2007 to 2011, he helped guide the program to four consecutive national top-25 finishes, and earned an Illinois state championship during the 2008-09 season. In addition to his work at the prep level, Coleman trained and developed several of the world's top basketball players, most recently working with Shawn Marion of the Dallas Mavericks leading up to the franchise's 2011 NBA championship.