Anthony Coleman adjusting on the fly as newcomer to CU basketball staff

Former ASU assistant welcomed third child after arriving in Boulder

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New Colorado assistant coach Anthony Coleman spent the last three seasons at Arizona State.
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When Anthony Coleman decides to make a change in his life, he doesn’t mess around.

It was about six years ago when Coleman got married, and the very next day he learned he had landed a role at Adidas as an assistant manager of sports marketing. Soon after he returned to coaching at Arizona State, his second son was born.

This time, as Coleman made the move from ASU to coach Tad Boyle’s staff at Colorado, he did so with his wife on the verge of delivering the couple’s third child. That baby, the Colemans’ first daughter, arrived about a month ago, one month after Coleman landed in Boulder.

So making adjustments on the fly is nothing new to the newest addition to the Buffs’ coaching staff.

“It’s funny, but in my adult life that’s kind of been the norm,” Coleman said. “When I got married, I got the job with Adidas. I got the acceptance letter the day after my marriage and we moved to Portland. Then with Bobby (Hurley) and ASU, I had my second boy. And now here. So I’m kind of used to it, having a lot of things going at the same time.”

Coleman’s arrival continues a recent run of change on Boyle’s staff, which enjoyed an unusual level consistency during the first part of a tenure that will reach 10 seasons for Boyle this fall.

The first seven of those seasons featured the steady duo of Jean Prioleau and Mike Rohn, with Rodney Billups moving into an assistant coach role for four seasons beginning in 2012-13. When Billups left for the head coach job at his alma mater, the University of Denver, after the 2015-16 season, Bill Grier came on board alongside Prioleau and Rohn. One season later, Prioleau left for the head coach job at San Jose State, opening a door for Kim English.

English spent two seasons with CU before moving to a similar role at Tennessee in April. That created an opportunity for Coleman, and Boyle has now been forced to find new assistants after three of the past four seasons following that long run of stability. Currently Boyle also is looking to fill the role of director of player development after Sean Kearney, who held that post for six years, took an associate commissioner job with the Atlantic 10 Conference.

Coleman left ASU voluntarily after helping to lead the Sun Devils to two consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, as he believed he had an inside track to a spot on the staff at UNLV under new coach TJ Otzelberger. When that fell through, Coleman says he was in discussions about a possible return to ASU when Boyle called about the vacant spot left by English.

Obviously Coleman arrives from a successful situation, as ASU reached consecutive NCAA Tournaments for the first time in 31 years. Yet as he spends the summer getting up to speed on CU’s system and terminology, he also is intrigued about the potential of a Buffs team that expects to compete for the Pac-12 Conference crown.

“I’m trying to get assimilated to the lingo,” Coleman said. “Going from one place to another, the terminology is different. So understanding how we communicate and project out to the guys, that’s one thing I’m learning to do. The tone of practice. How coach Boyle likes his practices to be run versus how coach Hurley liked his practices to be run.

“Outside of that, it’s seamless. Coach Boyle and his staff have opened me with open arms. They gave me and my family a big welcome since day one. This feels like home. The guys, they sense how good they can really be. They buy in, don’t take any shortcuts, and the sky’s the limit for these guys.”