Mike Rohn enters his fourth year as an assistant coach with the University of Colorado men's basketball team.
In his three years in Boulder, Rohn has helped the Buffaloes enjoy their finest seasons to date with back-to-back 24-win campaigns in 2010-2011 and 2011-2012, and a 21-win season in 2012-13. In 2011-12 and 2012-13, CU earned NCAA Tournament berths in back-to-back years for the first time in 50 years (1961-62 & 1962-63).
Rohn also helped the Buffaloes to three consecutive 20-wins seasons, a school-first, and the 69 wins are the most victories in any three-year span in school history.
In 2011-2012, Rohn helped CU earn its first NCAA Tournament appearance in nine years, upsetting No. 6 UNLV in the second round and advancing to the third round. At the inaugural Pac-12 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).
Over the last three seasons, a number of student-athletes have earned conference accolades. In CU's last year of the Big 12 Conference, Alec Burks (first team, Big 12 All-Tournament team), Cory Higgins (second team), Levi Knutson (co-sixth man) all earned honors in 2010-11.
In their first year of the Pac-12, Andre Roberson (first team, All-Defensive, All-Tournament team), Carlon Brown (second team, tournament Most Outstanding Player), and Spencer Dinwiddie (freshman team) were named all-conference. 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) earned post-season accolades.
“Mike’s the ultimate grinder; loves to work, a tireless recruiter, a great basketball mind,” head coach Tad Boyle said. “Both Mike and Jean (Prioleau), are the complete package as far as guys that they can relate to as players in the program, as well as recruit players into the program. I think it’s important to have both, and both are good basketball guys.”
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.
“I’m very excited for the opportunity to back with coach Boyle,” Rohn said. “Obviously, he’s a good friend of mine and I have a lot confidence in his ability to lead this program. This program is really on the cusp of doing something really special and I think he’s going to lead us into doing that, so it’s a great opportunity for me and I’m fortunate to be here.”
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.