Maryland assistant Bino Ranson, one of five finalists for the Coppin State head coaching job, is no longer in the running for the open position, an individual with knowledge of the situation said Friday.
Last week, the program took the unusual measure of announcing its five finalists, all of whom interviewed on campus. Ranson, another source said, interviewed Monday.
The Eagles, who finished 12-20 last season and subsequently fired longtime coach Ron “Fang” Mitchell, plan to introduce Mitchell’s replacement on Tuesday at 1 p.m. on campus, according to a news release sent to reporters earlier Friday. Coppin State has finished below .500 in three straight seasons and nine out of the past 10.
Like Ranson, known for his Baltimore-area recruiting prowess, several of the other four candidates had similar ties to the area. Larry Stewart, an assistant coach at Bowie State, and Eric Skeeters, a George Mason assistant, are both alums of Coppin State, while Clifford Reed, an assistant at Savannah State, used to coach in the MEAC opposite the Eagles from 2002 to 2011. The last finalist, Michael Grant, is currently the head coach at Division II Stillman College.
“I don’t have a person right now, but I certainly want to play up-tempo basketball,” Athletic Director Derrick Ramsey told the Baltimore Sun in late March. “But more importantly, what I want to do, whomever the new coach is, we’re going to start right here in Baltimore. Everyone comes here to get talent. We’re going to start here.”
Ranson could not be reached for official comment. The Terps are still searching to replace assistant coach Scott Spinelli, who left last month for Boston College.