Orlando "Bino" Ranson is is entering his season year as an assistant coach on the Xavier staff. Ranson has previously been on staffs at James Madison, Marist and Loyola (Md.).
"Bino is a winner," said Mack. "He won as a player. He won as a coach. He's started programs from the ground up in his hometown of Baltimore. Knowing Bino is like seeing your best friend from 5th grade twenty years later. You're always comfortable around Bino. He's a star on the recruiting trail and will bring that winning mentality to the gym on an everyday basis."
Ranson, 35, most recently was an assistant under Matt Brady at James Madison, helping JMU finish 21-15. Ranson also coached under Brady for three seasons at Marist and spent the two previous seasons at Loyola (Md.) as administrative assistant.
While at Marist, Ranson helped the Red Foxesto a 62-33 record overall and to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular-season championship in 2006-07. Marist that season also won at Oklahoma State in the post-season National Invitation Tournament.
Ranson quickly established himself as an elite recruiter in the college ranks. While at Marist he recruited MAAC rookie of the year Jay Gavin, who also was named to the CollegeInsider freshman All-America team. Gavin was the first Marist player to earn conference rookie of the year honors.
Ranson coached at St. Francis Academy in Baltimore for two years before joining the Loyola staff. He coached St. Francis' 2003-04 junior varsity squad that was 24-5, won the MIAA junior varsity title, and was co-champion in the Baltimore Catholic League. He also founded Team Baltimore, one of the top AAU programs in the Northeast.
Among the players Ranson worked with at the AAU level have been Massachusetts' Ricky Harris, Pittsburgh's Jermaine Dixon, Maryland's Juan Dixon (later with the NBA's Detroit Pistons) and Shawn Moseley, and Syracuse's Donte Green (later with the NBA's Sacramento Kings).
Ranson is a 1999 graduate of Southern New Hampshire, where he completed his playing career as one of the top performers in the school's basketball history. He ranked seventh in team history in scoring (1,899 points), fifth in assists (598) and fourth in three-point field goals (226) after four Southern New Hampshire seasons. He was the fifth player in team history with career totals of 1,500 points and 500 assists, and he was inducted into the school's hall of fame in January 2007.
Ranson's teams at Southern New Hampshire had a combined record of 85-33 during his playing career, made four straight NCAA Division II Tournament appearances, and won New England Collegiate Conference championships during his junior and senior seasons.
Ranson was named to Street & Smith's preseason All-America teams before his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. He was named to Dick Vitale's College Basketball preseason All-America teams before his junior and senior seasons and received preseason All-America recognition from The Sporting News as a junior and the Division II Bulletin as a senior.
Ranson, who was born August 30, 1974, and his wife, Shannon, have a son, Orlando Nigel.