Ron Rohn, head coach for the last six seasons at Colgate, has been named head women's basketball coach at Muhlenberg. He replaces Tammy Smith, who resigned in June to become head coach at Lafayette.
A native of nearby Easton, Rohn brings to Muhlenberg 21 years of Division I coaching experience, including nine as head coach. During that time, his teams made two NCAA Tournament appearances, won three conference championships and advanced to the conference semifinals nine times.
In his last two years at Colgate, Rohn led the Red Raiders to their most wins in 10 seasons (13 in 1999-2000) and their first-ever back-to-back appearances in the Patriot League semifinals. The 2000-01 team, which finished with a 7-22 record, advanced to the semis by toppling second-seeded Bucknell in the first round of the Patriot League Tournament. Rohn resigned following the conclusion of the season.
In 1995-96, Rohn's first season as head coach after serving as Colgate's assistant for one year, the Red Raiders came within one win of an NCAA Tournament berth, falling to Holy Cross in the Patriot League championship game. His overall record as a head coach at Colgate was 80-174.
A 1982 graduate of Fordham, Rohn spent three seasons as head coach at Hofstra from 1991 to 1993. Inheriting a 2-25 team, he guided Hofstra to the East Coast Athletic Conference Tournament finals in his first season. Rohn went to Hofstra after serving as an assistant coach at Manhattan from 1985 to 1990, playing an instrumental role in converting a 7-21 squad in 1984 into a two-time Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champion.
Prior to his stint at Manhattan, Rohn was an assistant for three years at Lafayette, where he recruited the school's career leaders in scoring, rebounding and assists. The Leopards were 54-28 during that time, going 24-6 and winning the East Coast Conference championship in 1985. Rohn began his coaching career as an undergraduate assistant while at Fordham. The Rams were ranked 19th in the final 1979 Associated Press poll.
Rohn inherits a Muhlenberg program that has won five Centennial Conference East Division titles in the last six seasons. The Mules were 14-11 last year.
The 40-year-old Rohn, who also will coach Muhlenberg's Centennial Conference champion women's golf team, recently moved back to Easton, Pa., where he lives with his wife and two children.