PEORIA, Ill. – Ronald Coleman will bring his Chicago recruiting ties to Bradley Basketball as the newest assistant coach on Geno Ford’s staff. Coleman fills the spot being vacated by Willie Scott, who has accepted the boys basketball head coaching position at Chicago Dyett High School.
Coleman comes to Bradley from Nebraska, where he was the Director of Player Development for the Huskers on first-year head coach Tim Miles’ staff. Coleman began his connection with Miles at Colorado State, where he was a member of the Rams’ 2011-12 NCAA Tournament squad.
“I am extremely excited to add Coach Coleman to our coaching staff,” said Ford. “He is a talented recruiter and proven on-the-floor coach, who possess a lengthy history of helping young men develop their life skills. Coach Coleman will impact our program in many positive ways.”
A 1992 graduate of Chicago’s South Shore Career Academy, Coleman began his college playing career at Weber State, then transferred to Lamar, where he established himself as one of the best players in Cardinals history. After sitting out the 1993-94 season as a transfer, Coleman went on to earn first-team All-Sun Belt Conference honors in each of his final three seasons while averaging 16.2 points per game in his 3-year Lamar career. His 1,316 career points rank 10th all-time in Cardinals history.
After earning his bachelor’s degree in applied arts and science from Lamar in 1997, Coleman embarked on a 7-year professional playing career. In addition to earning training camp opportunities with the NBA’s Houston Rockets and CBA’s Grand Rapids Hoops, the 6-foot-4 guard played overseas in Finland and in the top league in Latvia.
Coleman returned to his native Chicago to begin his coaching career at both the high school and AAU level. From 2005-11, he was the head coach of the AAU Mac Irvin Fire, developing the team into one of the top AAU programs in the country. His squad earned top-three overall finishes at the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League in 2009-10 and he developed some of the top prep players in the country, including four McDonald’s All-Americans, four Illinois Players of the Year and 15 participants in the NBA Players Association Top-100 camp and the LeBron James Skills Academy between 2007-10.
At the high school level, Coleman led Benjamin E. Mays Academy to a 35-0 record and the District 299 City Championship, before joining powerhouse Whitney M. Young High School as the boys basketball associate head coach from 2007-11. In his four seasons at Whitney Young, Coleman helped guide the program to four consecutive national top-25 finishes and the 2009 IHSA state championship.
In addition to his AAU and high school coaching success, Coleman trained some of the world’s top basketball players in the off-season, most-recently working with Dallas Mavericks forward Shawn Marion in advance of the team’s 2011 NBA title.
Colorado State finished the 2011-12 season with a 20-12 overall record and earned an at-large invitation to the NCAA Tournament, the team’s first 20-win season since 1997-98 and first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2003. Coleman worked with the CSU perimeter players, helping Wes eikmeier earn first-team All-Mountain West Conference honors and Dorian Green gain third-team recognition. Colorado State led the MWC in field goal percentage (.471), 3-point percentage (.400) and free throw percentage (.768), while ranking sixth nationally in free throw percentage and seventh in 3-point percentage. Missouri was the only other team in the country to rank among the nation’s top 10 in both categories last season.