Ronnie Chalmers leaving KU basketball staff

LAWRENCE | Kansas director of basketball operations Ronnie Chalmers, the father of 2008 NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player Mario Chalmers, has decided to follow in his son’s footsteps and leave the program after three years.

“I have mixed emotions about leaving a great university and a great community,” Ronnie Chalmers said in a statement. “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.”

Ronnie Chalmers came to KU with Mario after five seasons as the head coach at Bartlett High in Anchorage, Alaska. Mario Chalmers recently signed an NBA contract with the Miami Heat, who traded for him the night of the NBA draft.

“I certainly understand why Ronnie would want to pursue other things at this stage following Mario’s departure to the NBA,” KU coach Bill Self said, “but that does not take away from his contributions to KU the past three years. He will certainly be missed.”

Self will start looking to replace Chalmers immediately.