Ronnie Chalmers Resigns from KU Men's Basketball Program to Pursue Other Interests
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas men’s basketball coach Bill Self announced Tuesday that Director of Basketball Operations Ronnie Chalmers has resigned his position at KU to pursue other interests.
“We are very thankful to Ronnie for his efforts the past three years,” Self said. “We have all enjoyed his connection and participation with the basketball program. His family will obviously be remembered at Kansas.”
Chalmers joined the KU staff in June 2005 after serving five seasons as head coach at Bartlett High School in Anchorage, Alaska. In his three years at KU, the Jayhawks won three Big 12 regular-season titles, three league tournament championships, advanced to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight twice and won the 2008 national title. Chalmers is the father of 2008 NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player Mario Chalmers who recently signed an NBA contract with the Miami Heat.
“I have mixed emotions about leaving a great university and a great community. I have enjoyed my tenure at the University of Kansas,” Ronnie Chalmers said. “I want to thank all the staff and fans for their loyalty and support of the Chalmers family while we were here. Our goal was to come here and win a national championship and we accomplished that. I have decided to move on to pursue other interests. I will certainly miss the Jayhawk fans but we will always remain part of the Jayhawk family and the Lawrence community. God Bless you all.”
Self said he will start the process of replacing Chalmers immediately.
“I certainly understand why Ronnie would want to pursue other things at this stage following Mario’s departure to the NBA but that does not take away from his contributions to KU the past three years. He will certainly be missed,” Self said.