UPDATE: Services for former Miami University basketball coach Charlie Coles will be held Thursday, June 13.
Visitation will be 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Millett Hall on the Miami campus in Oxford. Funeral services will follow at Millett at 1 p.m.
A reception is planned afterward, to begin while his family is at a private graveside service.
ORIGINAL STORY: OXFORD, Ohio -- Former Miami University men's basketball coach Charlie Coles was mourned by family, friends and foes alike on Friday. But Charlie Coles didn't really have any foes.
Even his opponents loved him.
"He was a great coach and an even better person," said University of Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin. "Coach had the ability to make everyone smile and always wanted to help those around him. I consider myself lucky to have known him and his passing is a tremendous loss for the coaching community."
Known for his colorful wit, caring coaching and competitiveness, Coles, 71, died Friday morning after a long illness, a university spokesperson said.
Coles was the winningest coach in Miami history and led the RedHawks to the post-season seven times in his 16 seasons. His 1998-99 team, led by All-American Wally Szczerbiak, made the Sweet 16 as a No. 10 seed.
On Twitter, Szczerbiak said, "Not only were you a great coach, but a magnificent person."
"The way he approached his players was something else," said Steve Baker, voice of the RedHawks. "He completely loved to teach more than coach, whether it was teaching basketball or teaching life. I think that was what Charlie was all about."
Athletic Director Brad Bates called Coles "an iconic figure in the history of Miami University as a student, athlete, server, leader, mentor and coach."
Long-time Miami basketball coach Darrell Hedric (1960-84), who coached Coles for three seasons in the '60s, said: "He always sold Miami and he lived Miami and he believed it."
Coles left his mark on many coaches and players, including Ohio State coach Thad Matta and Arizona State coach Herb Sendek. Coles and Matta served as Miami assistants under Sendek in the '90s.
"Charlie Coles was one of the greatest men I have ever met," Matta said. "His passion and energy for life, his family, coaching and kids was contagious for all who ever came in contact with him. I owe so much of my life to him and will miss him dearly."
Coles was Sendek's assistant for two seasons before replacing him as head coach in Oxford.
"I have so many fond memories of Charlie both as a friend and a coach, and many of them start with recruiting drives early in the morning with a cup of coffee on winding roads in southern Ohio," Sendek said. "Charlie made you laugh and made you think. He was comfortable and held court with one person or many. But I also want people to remember he was a great coach….a really, really, great coach. Much of what we try to instill today is what Charlie was teaching us two decades ago."
Coles is survived by his wife Delores, son Chris and daughter Mary Bennett, and four grandchildren, the school said.
"He loved his family," said Xavier coach Chris Mack. "I will never forget his grandkids sitting on his lap at press conferences."
Mack called Coles "a shining example of what all coaches should strive to be."
Coles was known for scheduling the best teams – and competing with them. His RedHawks almost knocked off Kentucky at Rupp Arena in 2009, losing 72-70 in the last minute in John Calipari's first season at UK.
"The basketball world lost one of its great ambassadors in Charlie Coles today," Calipari said via Twitter. "As a player, coach, mentor and teacher, no one was better than Charlie. He was a true, compassionate competitor who will be missed."
Coles played at Miami from 1962-65, scoring in double figures all three seasons and averaging 18.5 points per game his junior year with a 50.3 field goal percentage.
Coles became head coach in Oxford in 1996, leading his first team to the Mid American Conference regular-season title. He led the RedHawks to MAC tournament titles in 1997 and 2007. Coles was named MAC Coach of the Year in 2005.
Coles had heart problems for years, missing the end of the 2008-09 season. He had four operations in the next few months, one to reshape his heart.
Coles became the all-time MAC wins leader when he picked up his 195th conference victory by beating Ohio University 79–67 on Jan. 16, 2010.
When he retired after the 2012 season, Coles had the most wins in school history and a record of 263-224. He also spent six seasons at Central Michigan and had an overall record of 355-308.
One of Coles' Miami players, Sean Mock (2006-10), said: "Whether it was in the meetings or as a coach or a player, he was able to teach, make you laugh and relax and have fun at the same time. That's who he was. He was a special person that had the ability to relate to people."
Under Coles, Miami's Academic Progress Rates traditionally exceeded the national averages and often led the Mid-American Conference.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
University's tribute to Charlie Coles athttp://www.muredhawks.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=26100&ATCLID=208242560
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