Illini coach Brad Underwood adds Chin Coleman to staff

Former Bradley, UIC assistant brings in-state, Chicago ties to Brad Underwood's Illinois basketball staff; Stephen Gentry added to support staff

Update: 5:40 p.m. Thursday

Illinois officially announced the hires of Chin Coleman and Stephen Gentry Thursday evening.

On Chin Coleman, Illini coach Brad Underwood said in a statement: "We're excited to bring Coach Ron 'Chin' Coleman on board. He is a terrific young coach who has worked hard to earn his way up the ranks. 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."

On Gentry, Underwood said in a statement: "Stephen is one of the great basketball minds in the game. He played for an outstanding coach in Mark Few at Gonzaga, worked for Pat Riley with the Heat, and served in various roles at Texas A&M for Mark Turgeon and Billy Kennedy before joining us at Stephen F. Austin and continuing at Oklahoma State. Stephen is gifted with Xs and Os, extremely knowledgeable in the area of analytics, and has a wealth of contacts in the NBA."

Original story: 3 p.m. Thursday

CHAMPAIGN - Brad Underwood is adding some in-state and Chicago familiarity to his staff.

Multiple sources confirmed to Illini Inquirer that the Illinois coach will hire Illinois-Chicago assistant and former Bradley assistant Ronald "Chin" Coleman as his third and final assistant coach, joining a coaching staff that also includes Orlando Antigua and Jamall Walker

WGN Radio's Sam Panayotovich first reported the news. Illinois confirmed the hire Wednesday afternoon.

Stephen Gentry also has joined the staff as assistant to the head coach. Illinois confirmed. He held a similar support staff role for Underwood at Oklahoma State and was an assistant for Underwood at Stephen F. Austin.

Coleman, a Chicago native, was the head coach of the usually talent-rich Mac Irvin Fire AAU program from 2005 to 2011. He also served as the associate head coach at Chicago Public League power Whitney Young High School in Chicago from 2007 to 2011.

He then joined Tim Miles' staff at Colorado State as an assistant for the 2011-12 season before following Miles to Nebraska in a support staff role.

Coleman then left for Bradley, where he served three seasons under Geno Ford. He helped recruit Morgan Park star Josh Cunningham to the Braves. Coleman has spent two seasons at UIC, recruiting 2016 Horizon League Freshman of the Year Dikembe Dixson to the Flames.

Derek Piper contributed to this report.

Brad Underwood's coaching staff

Assistant - Orlando Antigua

Assistant - Ronald "Chin" Coleman

Assistant - Jamall Walker

Assistant to the head coach - Stephen Gentry

Director of operations - Joey Biggs

Strength and conditioning - Adam Fletcher

Video coordinator - Patrick Schulte


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