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Ronnie Chalmers resigns from KU

Father of former Jayhawks player to pursue ‘other interests’

Ronnie Chalmers, director of basketball operations for Kansas University's men's basketball team and father of former Jayhawk guard Mario Chalmers, has resigned from his position, head coach Bill Self announced Tuesday, August 12, 2008.

Ronnie Chalmers, director of basketball operations for Kansas University's men's basketball team and father of former Jayhawk guard Mario Chalmers, has resigned from his position, head coach Bill Self announced Tuesday, August 12, 2008.

August 12, 2008, 3:36 p.m. Updated August 12, 2008, 4:16 p.m.


Another Chalmers leaves KU

First Mario. Now Ronnie. A second member of the Chalmers family is leaving Kansas' men's basketball team. Enlarge video

Ronnie Chalmers, director of basketball operations for Kansas University's men's basketball team and father of former Jayhawk guard Mario Chalmers, has resigned from his position, head coach Bill Self said Tuesday.

"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."

After serving for five seasons as the head coach at Anchorage, Alaska's Bartlett High, Chalmers arrived with his son at KU in June of 2005. The two were part of three Big 12 regular-season titles and the team's 2008 national championship run.

"I have mixed emotions about leaving a great university and a great community," said Ronnie, who leaves at the same time as Mario, who was a second-round pick of the Minnesota Timberwolves (No. 34 overall), then shipped to Miami, in the 2008 NBA Draft.

"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," Ronnie Chalmers added.

Self said in a phone interview Tuesday that he and Ronnie Chalmers had chatted about Ronnie's future plans off and on for some time now.

"We visited when Mario made the decision to leave (for NBA last spring). We talked about it the last few days," Self said. "This was not anything I wanted to happen, but certainly it's understandable. I understand the dynamics have changed (in Chalmers family) now that Mario is gone. I 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. I appreciate Ronnie and Almarie (Ronnie's wife) and the time they spent here."

Mario Chalmers, one of the heroes of KU's national title victory over Memphis, recently hit the jackpot financially, landing a three-year deal with the Heat for $2.3 million. According to figures recently released by KU in accordance with a freedom of information request, Chalmers made $71,600 last year and was ticketed to earn $90,000 next season.

Ronnie Chalmers served 22 years in the Air Force and is eligible for an array of military retirement benefits. Almarie Chalmers has already earned retirement after working 20 years in Alaska's school district.

As far as Chalmers' replacement, Self said he'd begin looking for a new "administrator" to join Brett Ballard (administrative assistant/video coordinator) and Jeremy Case (graduate student manager).

There is a strong possibility Ballard, who has been on Self's staff the past five years, will move into Chalmers' slot on the staff, though Self would not address that issue.

"We've got to go through the proper channels," Self said of any job opening. "We'll have one more administrator on the staff. There will be Brett, Jeremy and one more person. We don't know the titles yet."

¢ Henry update: Xavier Henry has scheduled the second of four campus visits. Henry, a 6-foot-6 senior from Putnam City (Okla.) High, who will attend KU's Late Night in the Phog on Oct. 17, tells he will visit Memphis Oct. 24-25. He will also make an unofficial visit to KU on Sept. 20. Henry also has UCLA and Texas on his final list of schools.


pimp11 9 years, 10 months ago

Nothing like coaching High School ball for 5 years then next step is Assistant at KU and a national championship. Way to ride the coat tail of Mario. Next........... coach/player addition

Bob Forer 9 years, 10 months ago

Hey, lets not forget Danny Manning And how bout Nino Samuel, and his father, Ray, who stayed on in Lawrence, and was director of Human Relations. None of us thought any different when Ronnie was hired, so why should we be dissing them now. Hey, Mario lead us to the NCAA championship, gave us three great years, and is living his dream. Okay, he wants his father with him. Maybe just to watch. But so what. More power to them. And thank you, Chalmers family. You all were great for KU and Kansas/. Best of luck!

countrygirl 9 years, 10 months ago

What does the director of basketball operations do? Just wondering.

BigPrune 9 years, 10 months ago

Oh come on people, Danny Manning played for KU and his father Ed was hired to coach KU while Danny was a senior in high school and he coached throughout Danny's career then moved on. KU won the national championship during that period.Big deal. More power to them especially since the players have made KU millions yet the players get essentially nothing in return other than a free education.

lawrencerox 9 years, 10 months ago

Who will wash and fold the team's towels and uniforms now?

PapaB 9 years, 10 months ago

What a team player. I mean, stepping aside to clear a spot for the next great recruits' dad. We should be thanking him for being overpaid in an administrative position for the team and bringing KU a championship. Usually, the position he occupied is the next step after unpaid (but given free school) graduate assistant. A 30-45K salary is typical, but I'm positive he made a lot more than that.

nobody1793 9 years, 10 months ago

Didn't Danny Manning's father do the same thing?

50YearResident 9 years, 10 months ago

Hey Ronnie, We want to thank you for bringing Mario to the University of Kansas. We wouldn't be National Champions if it wasn't for you two. Thanks

nobody1793 9 years, 10 months ago

Maybe we should all be mad a Joe Dooley for NOT having a son lead us to a championship! Slacker!

oldvet 9 years, 10 months ago

Not totally redundant... one could be the former without being the latter, but to be the latter is redundant to also being the former... ;-)

hail2oldku 9 years, 10 months ago

duplenty (Anonymous) says: "Mario did not deserve to be drafted."You're either super ignorant regarding basketball, or an MU fan.-------------------------------------------------------------------------Redundant.

Faka 9 years, 10 months ago

Bunch of haters on this site, all the time!!!Hate hate hate!I'm sure you were all on the sidelines and at every KU bb practice, and privy to every conversation that went on between the coaching staff. Of course, you priveledged few who grace us with your presence on the comments section of ljworld.If you all know what's going on, why aren't you writing articles for the paper? Geez. One day you're everyone's hero, the next day they just grab the trophy and give you a big FU. I'm going to be the one to say: Thank you Mario and Ronnie. It was a great March, I had a great time watching the games, and even though two pitchers of beer were spilled into my purse when you hit that 3, I wouldn't trade that season for anything in the world. I wish you both the best.

Nikki May 9 years, 10 months ago

I really liked Ronnie when we'd go up there to see the Jayhawks off to the tournament. He was always nice to all the kids and strongly suggested that the guys all come sign banners and stuff. Great guy. I'll miss him at least once a year! Anyway, good luck to the whole family.

janeyb 9 years, 10 months ago

"What does the director of basketball operations do? Just wondering."Don't know, but it pays well. The military career, the 20 years in Alaska (a little off the beaten path), and Mario apparently being an only child may make for a close family. Is that such a bad thing? Best of luck Chalmers family.

fyrfighter1955 9 years, 10 months ago

Imagine that. His son got what he wanted. A pro career. The only reason Dad got signed is to get Mario. Coach? We know better. Mario did not deserve to be drafted. His dad did not deserve to coach. See ya. Will forget ya.

wysiwyg69 9 years, 10 months ago

like ya didn't see that coming... next father soon combo soon to be announced... can't blame him though, probably moving to miami

jakeoliver84 9 years, 10 months ago

Ronnie Chalmers was Mario's high school basketball coach.Ironically he got a spot on the KU coaching staff also.Seems to me like there was a catch to getting Mario Chalmers.This was their negotiation process: "Mario will come play for your team on one condition: that I get a spot on the coaching staff"I agree that this makes us look bad.Beat it Ronnie.I don't think the team should make a habit of this.

angelmom 9 years, 10 months ago

Why do you people have to be so negative? Good luck to both Ronnie and his well deserved, newly draft son Mario.

Royals 9 years, 10 months ago

Mario had already signed a scholarship before his Dad was even offered a job.

Jeff Plinsky 9 years, 10 months ago

Um, do you think it might be possible that fathers with lots of basketball knowledge and understanding raise sons who are good at basketball? And maybe adding both to a program makes the program better?And when Dad is on the coaching staff, isn't just a little less likely that son is going to do something stupid and illegal? I'd suggest that maybe looking for families where basketball knowledge (and character) is passed down from generation to generation might just be a decent part of a recruiting strategy for both coaches and players.It would be different if we had hired Mario's dad and he had turned out to be a liability to the team.

jakeoliver84 9 years, 10 months ago

But on the flip side, it got us a national championship. So my above comment is NOT a complaint. Repeat: NOT a complaint. Merely an observation ;)

jayhawks71 9 years, 10 months ago

Can someone explain to me (by pointing to some NCAA rule) why it is OK for a school to hire the dad of a recruit to "coach" on the team, but if they got the dad a job working for a booster's car dealership the NCAA would probably come down on that. Why? Even if it wasn't a stipulation of Mario playing for KU, it sure looks odd... What is the loophole here?

d_prowess 9 years, 10 months ago

To correct an earlier comment, I don't think Mario is an only child since there were a few pictures during the tournament of his sister...

Jim Williamson 9 years, 10 months ago

"Nothing against Mario, but this does LOOK bad."How does that ring look?Anyone who thinks that this doesn't happen -- or that head coaches don't TRY to make it happen -- at every competitive D1 program in the country is naive or delusional.

Linda Aikins 9 years, 10 months ago

You negatives are all pathetic. And stop with the comments on Coach Dooley. Thank you Ronnie for being her and keeping things going. We loved having you and your family and best of luck to you. You can believe we NICE KU fans will be cheering for Mario and you in whatever you do.

Linda Aikins 9 years, 10 months ago

oh poo. Being here, not her! :)And I also like the Carl Henry thought!

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