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Miami mourns loss of Charlie Coles; Services Thursday


Charlie Coles
Charlie Coles
Services are scheduled for Thursday, June 13, for Charlie Coles, Miami University men's basketball coach, who who died Friday, June 7. Coles, 71, was an all-time leader in wins and the Mid-American Conference record holder for career conference wins.

Visitation is scheduled 9 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Thursday, at Millett Hall, with the service at 1 p.m. The reception immediately follows, also at Millett.

Coles is survived by his wife, Delores, along with his son Chris (wife Robin), daughter Mary Bennett (husband Craig) and four grandchildren: Tyson, Taya and C.J. Coles and Jazz Bennett.

A cherished member of the basketball community, Coles will always be remembered for his witty press conferences and sideline banter in addition to the legacy of his playing and coaching career.

Coles finished his career with a career record of 355-308, posting a 263-224 mark at Miami. With all 22 of his seasons as a head coach coming in the Mid-American Conference — including six at Central Michigan — he amassed a career record of 218-156 in MAC play. Coles earned more wins than any other coach in Miami history, more MAC wins than any other coach in conference history and tied for second on the MAC's career wins list.

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Donations may be made to the American Heart Association, Ohio Valley Affiliate, P.O. Box 163549, Columbus, OH 43216-3549 or to Coaches vs. Cancer, c/o American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123. Condolences may be sent online to


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