Aug. 4, 2000
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming men'sbasketball coach Steve McClain announced on Friday that he has elevatedSidney Coles to Assistant Coach for the Cowboy basketball program. Coleshas served as a graduate assistant on McClain's staff the previous twoseasons. Coles hiring is subject to UW Board of Trustees approval.
A former NCAA Division I player himself, Coles began his career atthe University of Memphis where he played for two seasons, 1992-93 and1993-94. Following his sophomore season, he transferred to MarshallUniversity. After sitting out one season, he played for the Thundering Herdin the 1995-96 and 1996-97 seasons. While at Marshall, Coles served as ateam captain both seasons, and he ranked among the top five individuals inthe Southern Conference in rebounds, assists and steals both years.
"Sidney (Coles) has been around our program the last two years, andhe has had an opportunity to learn how our system is run and how I like todo things," said McClain. "That will make it a very easy transition for himmoving into this full-time position. He also understands the demands placedupon his new position, and I think he's excited about the opportunity. Theone thing he has done a great job of the last two years as a graduateassistant is he relates extremely well to our kids. Sidney also knows whatit takes to be successful at this level."
"I'm extremely grateful and excited for this opportunity," saidColes. "I'm very happy to be a member of this staff, and I am prepared todo everything I can to help our team. As a former player, who hasn't beenout of college that long, I think I bring a competitive edge to the program.In addition to being a very competitive person, I think my strengths are mywork ethic and knowing how to motivate players. It takes a lot of hard workto win at the Division I level, and I believe I can effectively communicatethat to our players."
Coles completed his bachelor's degree in parks and recreation atMarshall in 1998. His first season at Marshall, he played for currentUniversity of Florida head coach Billy Donovan and played for currentMarshall head coach Greg White as a senior. Prior to transferring toMarshall, Coles played in the same backcourt with current Phoenix SunAll-Star Penny Hardaway at the University of Memphis. A graduate ofGreenbrier East High School in Lewisburg, W.Va., he was a standout inbasketball, football and track. Coles is 26 years old (born Dec. 18, 1973),and is the son of Darlene White. He has one sister, Stacey Coles, and onebrother, Bimbo Coles, who is a 10-year veteran of the NBA, and currentlyplays for the Atlanta Hawks.