Taking it on the ‘Chin’
Assistant Coleman leaves for Illinois job
By Mike Pankow
April 17, 2017
Two weeks after three players declared their intent to transfer from the program, the Flames now have lost an assistant coach. Ron “Chin” Coleman, who served under head coach Steve McClain the last two seasons, has taken a similar position at Illinois.
Coleman is the final assistant named to new Illini coach Brad Underwood’s staff.
Coleman takes his recruiting connections as the former head coach of the Mac Irvin Fire with him to the Illini. He was crucial in helping UIC land superstar small forward Dikembe Dixson prior to the 2015-16 season. Coleman also worked on the staffs at Nebraska, Colorado State and Bradley in addition to a stint as associate head coach at Whitney Young High School in Chicago.
Brendan Mullins is the lone assistant coach remaining from McClain’s first season at UIC as Deon Thomas left after last season, opening the door for Seth Cooper to take his spot. Jeremy Buttell, who was an assistant coach toward the end of the Howard Moore era, currently is the team’s director of basketball operations.
Now the Flames are searching for a new assistant coach along with bodies to replace departed players K.J. Santos, Michael Kolawole and Hassan Thomas. The signing period began this week, so expect some news soon on possible replacements.
Verbal Commits reported the Flames have offered Bethune-Cookman transfer Brandon Suggs, a native of Winnebago, Ill.
A 6-foot-8, 215-pound forward, Suggs played one season with the Wildcats, averaging 3.8 points and 3.5 rebounds in 30 games with 12 starts. He shot 60.5 percent from the field and 56.7 percent from the free-throw line.