Funeral arrangements have now been finalised for legendary Miami University (OH) basketball coach Charlie Coles, after sad news of his passing last week.

The 71-year-old, regarded as the most successful coach in NCAA men's basketball tournament history, finally succumbed to his long-standing heart problems on Friday.

Miami University (OH) has confirmed that a service will take place on Thursday 13 June at Millett Hall on campus, with a funeral procession set to begin at 1.00pm.

Coles led the Redhawks to three NCAA tournament appearances - including one trip to the Sweet 16 - and spent a total of 16 seasons leading the Miami basketball programme in Ohio.

As the all-time leader in wins with 263, Coles - who retired in March 2012 - was a long-time presence in the Mid-American Conference, and led Miami to the 1997 NCAA tournament in his debut season in Oxford.

An all-conference guard during his playing days in the 1960s, Coles went on to coach in high school before going to Central Michigan in 1985. To this day, he is number one in victories in Mid-American Conference games with 218 wins.

Best remembered for his colourful wit and coaching competitiveness, the two-time Mid-American Conference coach of the year will be sadly missed by all those who knew him.

Fans will have chance to say their final goodbye on Thursday, and Coles's family have kindly asked for any donations to be made to the American Heart Association, Ohio Valley Affiliate, PO Box 163549, Columbus, OH 43216-3549 or to Coaches vs. Cancer, C/O American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

 

 

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