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Maryland to hire Orlando "Bino" Ranson as assistant men's basketball coach

Maryland will hire Xavier assistant Orlando “Bino” Ranson to fill the same position on the Terrapins men's basketball coaching staff, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation.

An assistant position under Coach Gary Williams opened after Chuck Driesell left the program in late April to become the head coach at The Citadel. Ranson will assume the recruiting coordinator role on Maryland's staff previously held by Driesell.

Ranson served on Xavier Coach Chris Mack’s coaching staff this past season. He helped guide the Musketeers to a 26-9 overall record (14-2 in Atlantic 10 play) and a spot in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament.

Previously, Ranson spent four years as an assistant to Matt Brady, first at Marist (2005-08) and then James Madison (2008-09). Ranson also has worked as an administrative assistant at Loyola (Md.) and as a junior varsity coach at Saint Frances Academy in Baltimore.

Ranson, 35, compiled a prolific amount of points (1,899), assists (598) and three-point field goals (226) at Southern New Hampshire before graduating in 1999.

The Terrapins initially targeted Loyola (Md.) Coach Jimmy Patsos -- who previously had served under Williams at Maryland for 13 years -- but Patsos elected to remain with the Greyhounds, who he has led since 2004.

By Steve Yanda  |  June 7, 2010; 1:03 PM ET
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Bino Ranson, at one time, was the head of a Baltimore AAU team. He coached at St Frances (from which Sean Mosley hails). Juan Dixon supposedly pushed very hard to have MD hire Ranson. He has deep, deep roots in Baltimore and is supposed to be a very good recruiter. He still will not be able to land the top-notch talent that have handlers who expect to receive benefits because MD doesn't play that game. However, this hire should help in the recruiting department.

On the down side, Ranson is supposedly not strong with the X's and O's. However, between Joey Harrington and GW, I think they have the coaching side set, so it was a smart move to bring in someone whose strength is recruiting.

Chuck Driesell landed Jordan Williams and brought in a committment from Sterling Gibbs right before he left. So, Chuck's shoes are not easy ones to fill, but Bino Ranson will probably turn out to be a good hire and possibly an upgrade over CD.

Posted by: larry31 | June 7, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Well I know nothing about Bino but glad they went after a young recruiter. Sounds like just what we need.

Posted by: jpfterps | June 7, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Just waiting for them to wise up and offer Todd Bozeman that head coaching job. Gary is a great guy and did wonders for the program but it's time to hand it to someone who can take it to another level and I believe that person is Bozeman.

Posted by: UnFamiliarThought | June 7, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Wow unfamiliar thought is about to get a digital beatdown when Barno gets a look at that comment.

Posted by: jpfterps | June 7, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

I like Bozeman and think he is a good coach. But, Bozeman got caught cheating (I think at Cal) and the NCAA banned him from coaching for a couple of years.

MD is so honest that it seems, at times, old fashioned and quaint. For this reason, Bozeman doesn't have a shot at coaching at MD even if GW retired.

Posted by: larry31 | June 7, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Police were called to Mulligan's restaurant near the Longwood campus to handle the resulting uproar, and a restaurant employee swore out a warrant against Bozeman alleging misdemeanor assault. "The coach . . . just went belligerent, screaming that he didn't want ham sandwiches," the manager of Mulligan's, Carlos Holland, said last night. "He put his hands on one of our managers . . . just grabbed her and shook her."

Holland said an assistant coach for the Morgan State team had ordered 52 sandwiches, requesting Philly steak or chicken. Holland explained that they couldn't handle 52 Philly steak sandwiches but could put together a variety of sandwiches, and the assistant coach told him to do what he could. When Bozeman arrived to pick up the sandwiches, he was apparently angry about the selection of ham and turkey sandwiches, Holland said. "He yelled, 'I ain't scared of you country bumpkins. I want my . . . money back!'"

Posted by: MDFan | June 7, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

I'm a Xavier grad (and Maryland fan as well)... Good hire - Bino did a very nice job at X and should be help in recruiting. Another former Xavier assistant - Jeff Battle - would have been perfect, but this was a good choice after Battle joined Ohio State's staff. Ranson helped with top 25 caliber classes at X for 2010 and (presumably) 2011.

I wouldn't worry about the X's and O's too much, Gary does such a great job with that (best in the country, in my opinion). He desperately needs a coach that can recruit locally and bring blue chip kids into the fold. If anything, this is kind of a vote of non-confidence in Keith Booth. Isn't he the guy that recruits are supposed to mesh with? Especially in Baltimore?

Posted by: Kev29 | June 7, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Barno... don't you mean Garo, jpfterps? Many of us could care less about what Garo thinks and his "beatdowns" are bull****

Now, clearly, unfamiliar thought isn't going to get his wish. GW isn't going to be fired. Yow and company don't care about having an elite basketball program. They want a "nice" program that reaches the NCAA Tournament more often than not, but they aren't committed to much more than that.

Posted by: petecard | June 7, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Ranson is a great addition to the Maryland staff. Maryland has never been an elite program and probably will only be as good as Gary got them to eight years ago. Very few elite coaches and players want to come here. Todd Bozeman, please, he is a cheater and liar. What a joke.

Posted by: Phillip258 | June 7, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse


Nice to hear from you again. Especially nice to see that you share my view that Dr. Yow, more than anyone, controls the fate of a program. As John Thompson once said, a coach can't be successful without the proper support from their AD.

RestonHoops seems to think that top tier coaches would flock to MD if GW got fired (definitely not) or retired (probably not). GW puts up with alot of BS from the althletic department. I'm not sure if he would have stuck around if he didn't have such strong emototional ties to the school.

Posted by: larry31 | June 7, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Kev 29,

Good call on this hire being a defacto negative assessment of Keith Booth. He was definitely the weakest of the Driesell, Eshon, Booth recruiting trio.

Posted by: larry31 | June 7, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Bozeman!? Gimme a break - he couldn't sweat through one of Gary's ties.

Posted by: spqr2k | June 7, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

ummm Bozeman beat GW with his division II talent!!!

UMD could not handle bozeman as a coach. it's bad enough wathcing Gary wims be belligerant every game. 1st time bozeman loses it, bozeman would be gone.

so when we talk real replacement for GW, let's talk the guy at Villanova, Jay Wright.

Posted by: oknow1 | June 7, 2010 11:55 PM | Report abuse

Bozeman! Seriously, we'd have a more honest coach if we picked Todd Bridges over Todd Bozeman (no disrespect to Mr.Bridges who has turned his life around) that's how ridiculous that call was. Hell isn't there a Gotti available, please---I mean seriously Todd Bozeman? Hell maybe "The Tark" is still alive. The way some of you people yap about GW is crazy,we went like a million years with no sniff at a championship, the man brings us one and somehow magically it is supposed to multiply into friggin "UCLA Wooden" territory. Give it a rest and root for the rest of the cheatin schools and leave us out of it. I'll take our honest "home grown" program any day of the week. One banner every 50 years with homespun kids in an honest program is worth 100 Calipari or Beasly led banners. We don't need you as a fan if that's all that matters. Beat it.

Posted by: mfowler1 | June 8, 2010 12:04 AM | Report abuse

again, Bozeman is a cheat and a liar, why would UMD want him? Conversely, why would Jay Wright want to leave Villanova to come to UMD??

Posted by: Phillip258 | June 8, 2010 12:08 AM | Report abuse

Don't forget CHUCK had nice ties in VA,( Parker), but I'd still like the TERPS chances in BALT. W/ Ranson. He doesn't have to be a X and O coach. Recruiting will be his main job. NICE HIRE!!!

Posted by: curtsterps | June 8, 2010 1:54 AM | Report abuse

we had a cheaten coach back in the 80's we also had ncaa so far up UMD butts you could see them when YOW opened her mouth . Hard work and commitment is the way to go! Keep on keeping with GW man is good for our community ,,,,!

Posted by: terryreece | June 8, 2010 6:52 AM | Report abuse

Larry, I agree with your comments and have come to give GW a bit of a break with the state of Maryland Basketball.

I would appear here more often but things are so dead.

Why isn't there more coverage about what the ACC is doing relative to the threat of conference expansion/realignment? The ACC meetings are happening at Amelia Island right now and there is no coverage.

Did anyone see GW's golf swing analyzed on the Golf Channel Saturday during the telecast of the Nationwide event at our golf course? Boy was it pitiful. As a 3.4 index golfer, I can only say that he NEVER should have had his swing be broadcast in this way... embarrassing!

Posted by: petecard | June 8, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse


The simple fix for GW's golf swing is to golf with Charles Barkley...easily the worst golf swing I have eve seen. He literally stops and backs up in mid-swing!?! Gary would look like a pro compared to the Round Mound of Rebound.

I think we can all agree that expansion into Super-Conferences sucks...just look at the current Big Est in basketball and Conference USA. Regional and geogrpahical interests have been kicked to the door. The Big 10(11) and the SEC will expand in the interest of football TV contracts. At this point, it is expand or get divided. Given this projection, I think the ACC should expand to 16 teams and basically keep the two divisions as separate as possible thereby creating two 8 team conferences that operate under one unified financial umbrella.

Two questions:

Do you (fellow posters)like this idea?

If so, which teams do we add?

Posted by: larry31 | June 8, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Forgot to mention:

In basketball, this creates the opportunity for regular season home and away games for each team within the division to determine regular season divisional champs. Top four from each division play in the ACC tourney.

In football, regular season divisional champs play in the conference championship game...jsut as they do now.

Posted by: larry31 | June 8, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Chris Harney down at St. Mary's College of MD has quickly built a top Division III program with local talent, and the guy is a heck of a game coach. He would have made a great pick.

Posted by: mic_smith99 | June 8, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Interesting thread on a couple fronts. I'm not going to cary Bozeman's water for him, but he seems very sincere in correcting the mistake he made as a young coach. I've heard of zero rumors of any issues since he came back and turned around a horrid program. Usually in America we believe in 2nd and 3rd chances so saying he could never coach at MD seems a little over the top for me. I think there are some "big name" coaches that have cheated more and for longer periods of time that are well respected nationally.

I think all this increased conference size sucks across the board. ACC hoops has really been in tailspin since the expansion. Schools that have no geographic affiliation make no sense to me being in the same conference, but maybe I'm just getting old.

Posted by: restonhoops | June 8, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

barno, Barno, BArno, BARNo, BARNO.....we're waiting for your theme music

Posted by: jpfterps | June 8, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Bozeman really? If he is that good why is he still at Morgan State? My guess is that his phone does not ring even though there are plenty of job openings after each season. Face it the guy got caught cheating and was banned by the NCAA. No big school is going to take a chance on him.

Posted by: shoreterp1 | June 8, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse


I agree that the ACC probably needs to expand to 16 teams and I favor the two division alignment with Northern and Southern Tiers.

It seems that the only thing that will prevent the formation of several super-conferences is if Notre Dame joins the Big Ten as the only addition. That will keep the Big 12 in tact and limit the Pac Ten's options. But that is not what I think will happen.

My ideal expansion for the ACC would be to add UConn, Rutgers, Pittsburgh and either Syracuse or WVA. Academically, WVA is the weakest. To me, Rutgers is very important because, along with UConn and Syracuse, this would really help capture the NY market. In this alignment, the ACC would "control" the eastern seaboard from Boston to Miami.

The biggest threat to this is the possibility that the ACC could lose 2-4 schools to the SEC,the most likely candidates being FSU, Miami, GTech and Clemson. But if the ACC moves quickly I think those schools will opt to stay.

The Northern Tier in this scenario would include Maryland, VTech, UVA, BC, UConn, Rutgers, Pitt and either Syracuse or WVA.

I think this would be a very exciting development and it would lay the groundwork for and ACC cable network.

Posted by: petecard | June 9, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse


I agree that expansion is necessary, or the ACC ends up getting chopped up into other conferences. Two 8-team divisions within one superconference is the best way to simulate the traditional eight team conference which works really well for basketball scehduling.

I would be thrilled with the teams in your proposed Northern Tier. WVU, while weak academically, has an already intense rivalry with Va Tech, UVA and MD. They are a natural fit. I would take Penn State over Pitt and Syracuse over UConn, but these details are minor. Rutgers has recently upped their game academically and with revenue sports and would make a nice fit.

Boston is a pro sports town. While BC has represented the ACC well academically and athletically, I don't think they increase the exposure of the ACC much at all. But, I think there are ethical and image reasons for not kicking them to the curb in favor of Syracuse AND Uconn.

Posted by: larry31 | June 9, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse


You may have forgotten that Penn State is already in the Big Ten (11) and they are going nowhere. Another problem with WVA is that they bring nothing to the TV pool...

Posted by: petecard | June 9, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse


It was just a wish list. Penn St would be great, but, you are right. they won't jump ship from the Big Ten(11).

You are right. WVU doesn't bring a lot to the TV market, but neither do NC State Clemson or WF. But, they are good fits for the conference even if they bring minimal TV exposure.

Kinda sucks that you and I are the only ones on this blog who seem to care about this subject.

Posted by: larry31 | June 9, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Who out there thinks that the guy who wants Bozeman to replace GW is a friend of Yanda's and he wrote that post just to generate some action on Yanda's blog?

Posted by: larry31 | June 9, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Larry and Pete,

I think a 16 team super-ACC with home and away scheduling within 8 team divisions would be fine as long as MD-Duke and MD-UNC type rivalry games could be preserved. I'd rather keep the ACC the way it is, but that's probably just resistance to change on my part and this seems to be the way the winds are blowing.

Posted by: acebojangles | June 10, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

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