Mike Rohn enters his fourth year as an assistant coach/head recruiting coordinator with the University of Colorado men's basketball team.
“One of the steadiest people I have ever worked with in my life,” said CU head coach Tad Boyle. “Mike is the ultimate grinder, works extremely hard and he’s a guy that thinks; a forward-thinker and ready to be a head coach. He has all the tools in what it takes to be a head coach, and is invaluable to our staff and to me.”
In his three years in Boulder, Rohn has helped the Buffaloes enjoy their finest three-year span in the program’s history. With back-to-back NCAA Tournament berths for the first time in 50 years in 2011-12 and 2012-13, respectively, the CU basketball team has also enjoyed a school-first, three-straight 20-win seasons. With a successful pair of NCAA Tournament appearances, the Buffs also advanced to the NIT semifinals in 2010-11, making the last three seasons in Boulder, another first, three-straight post-season appearances.
Rohn has also helped the Buffs reach unprecedented heights in the win column. CU won a school record 24 games in each of the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons, with another 21 victories in 2012-13. The 69 victories are the most victories in any three-year span in school history. At home at the Coors Events Center, Rohn has aided the Buffs with a home court dominance winning 44 of 51 games, the second-best win total in any three-year span playing at home.
On the court, Rohn has mentored three former CU student-athlete greats that have made the next step professionally in their basketball careers. Two of the three, Alec Burks (No. 12 overall, 2011, Utah Jazz) and Andre Roberson (No. 26 Overall, 2013, Minnesota Timberwolves) were both drafted in the NBA Draft first round, while Cory Higgins played with the Charlotte Bobcats during the 2011-12 season. Burks also became CU’s second-ever lottery pick (Chauncey Billups).
In 2011-12, CU’s first year in the Pac-12 Conference and at the inaugural conference tournament, the Buffs became just the 10th team in the nation to win at least four games in four days to capture the tournament title (a CU first since winning the Big 8 in 1968-69). Rohn also helped CU earn its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2002-03 where the Buffs would go on to upset No. 6 UNLV in the second round.
Over the last three seasons, Rohn has coached a number of student-athletes who have earned conference excellence with a number of conference accolades.
In CU’s first year of the Pac-12, Andre Roberson (first team, all-defensive, all-tournament team), Carlon Brown (second team, tournament’s most outstanding player), and Spencer Dinwiddie (freshman team) were all named to all-Conference teams.
In year two of the conference, Roberson (first team, defensive player of the year, all-defensive team); Dinwiddie (first team) and Josh Scott (all-freshman team) all earned post-season accolades, and in CU's last year of the Big 12 Conference in 2010-11, Alec Burks (first team, Big 12 All-Tournament team), Cory Higgins (second team), Levi Knutson (co-sixth man award) were all recognized by the conference.
Before arriving at CU, Rohn spent the previous three years as the director of basketball operations at Texas A&M (2007-2010) where he was part of the coaching staff that helped the Aggies to a trio of NCAA Tournament Round of 32 appearances. During those three years in College Station, the Aggies won 73 games, in addition to 28 Big 12 Conference games. A&M also led the conference in scoring defense (65.8 ppg.) for the first time in league history during the 2009-10 campaign.
At Wichita State, where Rohn spent seven years (2000-2007) as an assistant coach to Mark Turgeon, in addition with current CU assistant, Jean Prioleau, the Shockers engineered an impressive resume earning three-straight NIT trips (2003, 2004, 2005). During the 2005-06 season, the Shockers not only won their first Missouri Valley Conference championship in 19 years, they capped off a 26-9 record with a 2006 NCAA Tournament berth and a Sweet 16 appearance, a school-first in 18 years.
Rohn also helped coach fifth-year student-athlete Paul Miller capped off one of the best careers of any Shocker center by being named the MVC Player of the Year, the first Shocker to earn the award in 21 years, in addition to Jamar Howard (Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year).
Prior to Wichita State, Rohn served three seasons as head coach from 1996-2000 at Dodge City (Kan.) Community College, where he built a 55-38 record and coached the Conquistadors to three consecutive state playoff appearances, including a 21-10 mark in 1999-2000. Rohn was also an assistant coach at Dodge City from 1993-96. In 1997, Dodge City was crowned the 1997 Jayhawk West Conference Champions.
Rohn was a graduate assistant coach at Fort Hays State (1991-1993) while earning a master’s degree in sports administration and coaching. He earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1990 from McPherson College, where he was a two-time all-conference selection. There he was named the league’s newcomer of the year as a junior and was the conference player of the year as a senior. He also was named McPherson’s Male Athlete of the Year in 1989.
He also served as an assistant coach at Colby Community College (1990-91) and at his alma mater, McPherson College (1989-1990). Rohn transferred to McPherson after playing two seasons at Dodge City Community College.
Mike, and his wife, Stephanie, have two daughters, Raegen and Rylee.