Coleman named final Illinois basketball assistant


CHAMPAIGN — New Illinois basketball coach Brad Underwood has finalized his staff, naming Ron “Chin” Coleman an assistant coach Wednesday afternoon.  He joins Orlando Antigua and Jamall Walker, who are already on board.

Coleman spent the last two seasons as an assistant at University of Illinois-Chicago.  Prior to that, he was at Bradley for three years.  The Chicago native has deep ties to his hometown, where he coached at Chicago Public League powerhouse Whitney Young.  He was also the head coach of the Mac Irvin Fire from 2005-2011, one of the premier AAU organizations in the country.

“We’re excited to bring Coach Ron ‘Chin’ Coleman on board,” Underwood said in a statement.  “He is a terrific young coach who has worked hard to earn his way up the ranks,” Underwood said. “He has tremendous knowledge of the state of Illinois and city of Chicago, growing up and playing there, and then cutting his coaching teeth at the high school and grassroots level with the Mac Irvin Fire. He is a student of the game, a great teacher, and will be an outstanding addition to the University of Illinois basketball program and for our players.”

Underwood also named Stephen Gentry as assistant to the head coach.  Gentry comes to Illinois from Oklahoma State, where was on Underwood’s staff last season as Director of Player Developement.  Prior to his time in Stillwater, Gentry was as assitant coach for Underwood at Stephen F. Austin.

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