CSU basketball hires Coleman, Olson takes on new role
Aug. 23, 2011
By Danny Mattie
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Colorado State men’s basketball Head Coach Tim Miles announced Tuesday afternoon the addition of Ron Coleman to the Rams’ coaching staff.
Coleman, a former collegiate standout at Weber State University and Lamar University, joins the Colorado State staff after serving as a top prep and AAU basketball coach in his native Chicago.
“I feel like we hit a home run with Ron joining CSU basketball,” said Miles. “He was valuable part of the storied tradition of Illinois high school basketball in recent years. He comes from two great programs: Mac Irvin Fire in AAU basketball and Whitney M. Young, which he helped into a national power in the high school ranks. He is an excellent coach and teacher of the game. He will model the right things for our student-athletes. We are very excited to add Ron to CSU basketball.”
Coleman takes over duties as the Rams’ recruiting coordinator, replacing DeMarlo Slocum, a member of Miles’ original CSU staff who left Colorado State for a similar post at Utah in May.
A 1992 graduate of Chicago’s South Shore Career Academy, Coleman continued his basketball playing career at Weber State, where he saw action in 25 games for the Wildcats as a true freshman during the 1992-93 season. While at WSU, Coleman averaged 8.9 points and 3.3 assists per game while helping the team to a 20-8 record and earning Big Sky Conference Co-Freshman of the Year honors.
Coleman transferred to Lamar University as a sophomore and after sitting out the 1993-94 season (per NCAA transfer rules), he led the Cardinals to a very successful three-year stretch from 1994-97, earning three consecutive first-team all-Sun Belt Conference nods as LU’s leading scorer each season, and ranking among the program’s top-10 career scorers with 1,316 points in 81 career games.
Coleman earned his degree from Lamar, a bachelor’s of applied arts and science, in May of 1997, and began a seven-year professional playing career that saw the 6-4 guard play stints domestically with the NBA’s Houston Rockets and the Grand Rapids Hoops of the Continental Basketball Association. Coleman also played overseas in Finland and in the top league in Latvia before returning to the United States to coach in the high school and AAU ranks in talent-rich Chicago.
Since 2005, Coleman has been the head coach of Chicago’s AAU Mac Irvin Fire, developing the squad into one of the top AAU programs in the country. Coleman’s team earned top-3 overall finishes at the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League in 2009-10. While coaching the Fire, Coleman has developed some of the top prep players in the country, including four McDonald’s All-Americans, four Illinois Players of the Year, and 15 players that participated in the NBA Players Association Top-100 camp and the LeBron James Skills Academy between 2007 and 2010.
Coleman has also had much success in the high school coaching ranks in Chicago, first as the head coach at Benjamin E. Mays Academy (2006-07) and most recently the associate head coach at Whitney M. Young Magnet High School.
At Mays, he led the program to a 35-0 season, taking home top honors as the District 299 City Championship before moving to national power Whitney M. Young as the associate head coach. From 2007-11, he helped guide the program to four consecutive national top-25 finishes, and earned an Illinois state championship during the 2008-09 season.
At Young, Coleman was directly responsible for preseason and postseason workouts, and player skill development, polishing the skills of several highly touted collegiate recruits and helping 11 players - Stan Brown (Lamar), Chris Colvin (Iowa State/Arizona State), Luke Hager (UNC-Wilmington), Brian Hall (Northern Illinois), Anthony Johnson (Purdue), Marcus Jordan (Central Florida), Kwai Pearson (UC-Bakersfield), James Reynolds (Rice), A.J. Rompza (Central Florida), Ahmad Starks (Oregon State), and Sam Thompson (Ohio State) – earn NCAA DI scholarships over the past three seasons.
In addition to his work at the prep level, Coleman has trained and developed several of the world’s top basketball players, most recently working with Shawn Marion of the Dallas Mavericks leading up to the franchise’s 2011 NBA Championship.
Olson moves into new role as Director of Operations
“Jayden will be a valuable addition to the Rams as our ‘DOBO,’” said Miles. “He is hard working, very well organized and has tremendous rapport with our players and staff members inside and outside the CSU athletic department. I am looking forward to working with Jayden in this role for CSU basketball.”
Olson takes over the post vacated by Randy Baruth, who left after two seasons in Fort Collins for a similar post at Utah in May.
A native of Beulah, N.D., Olson joined the Rams staff in June of 2010 after a very successful three-year stint as the top assistant and recruiting coordinator at NCAA Division II Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D. While at Augustana, Olson helped guide the Vikings to a 67-26 record, including three appearances in the NCAA tournament, and recruited back-to-back Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Freshman of the Year award winners, in 2009 and 2010.
Prior to his arrival at Augustana, Olson spent two seasons (2005-07) as a graduate assistant coach at the University of North Dakota, where he earned his master’s degree in kinesiology.
A 2003 graduate of Dickinson State, Olson received bachelor’s degrees in physical education and business education. At Dickinson State, Olson was captain of the basketball team and earned academic All-America honors, and was also a member of the Blue Hawks’ golf team.
Out of high school, Olson played for two seasons at Williston State (N.D.) Junior College, where he returned for two seasons as an assistant coach from 2003-05.