Charlie Coles is retiring as head coach of Miami of Ohio University.
The announcement came tonight after the RedHawks lost in the first round of the MAC Tournament.
At the helm for the last 14 seasons, Coles is the program's all-time winningest coach, and was one of the longest tenured head coaches in college basketball, taking over for Herb Sendek in 1996 after six seasons at Central Michigan.
Coles led the RedHawks to three NCAA Tournament appearances, including the Sweet 16 in 1999, but longevity alone clinches a spot for him in the RedHawks pantheon of sports figures, which includes Ben Roethisberger, Wally Szczerbiak and some guy that probably was really really good at broomball.
Coles was an eccentric outspoken dude, best known for almost dying during a game in 1998 after suffering a heartattack (seriously, I'm not even exaggerating), and his post-game press conference following the RedHawks near upset of the John Wall Kentucky Wildcats (above, and far less sickly).
He also taught a Basketball Theory class in Oxford, which was profiled by Sports Illustrated back in 2002 but left us wondering if it was just a layup course for athletes who needed three credit hours.
We'll miss Coles. He seemed like a guy who was appreciated by coaches and the media.