|Alma Mater:||Southern New Hampshire '99|
Orlando "Bino" Ranson was hired as an assistant coach at Maryland in the summer of 2010 and is now entering his fifth season in College Park, including the fourth on the staff of head coach Mark Turgeon. In their inaugural season in the Big Ten (2014-15), Ranson and the Terps posted a school record 26 regular season wins en route to advancing to the NCAA Tournament.
"Bino has done an outstanding job in identifying and developing talented basketball players,” said Turgeon. “He has strong connections throughout the country and helped expand our recruiting area during our transition to the Big Ten. Bino has worked hard and has developed into a very good coach.”
Ranson played a major role in helping Maryland sign four consecutive top-25 recruiting classes in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. He played a lead role in signing center Diamond Stone (Milwaukee, Wisc.) – a McDonald’s All-American who was rated as a consensus top 10 player by a myriad of national recruiting services.
Ranson has strong ties to the Baltimore-Washington area, having coached for two seasons at St. Frances Academy in Baltimore.
He came to Maryland after one season as an assistant at Xavier, during which the Musketeers went 26-9 and reached the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. In his lone season on the staff of Maryland head coach Gary Williams in 2010-11, the Terrapins went 19-14.
Ranson said he's followed the Maryland program for a long time and is familiar with its national reputation and rich history. He spent two years as an administrative assistant at Loyola University on the staff of long-time Maryland assistant Jimmy Patsos.
Prior to Xavier, Ranson was an assistant coach at James Madison for one season, helping the Dukes to a 21-15 mark, the most wins by JMU in a season since 1992-93. The Dukes advanced in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament for the first time since 2003 and their berth in the College Insiders.com Tournament marked their first postseason appearance since 1994.
Ranson also worked for Matt Brady at Marist University for three seasons. The Red Foxes were 62-33 in those three seasons and won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular season in 2007. That season, Marist won at Oklahoma State in the Postseason NIT.
Considered an outstanding recruiter, he helped bring in excellent classes at James Madison, Marist and Xavier. Ranson helped land Jay Gavin at Marist, who went on to become the MAAC Rookie of the Year.
Ranson coached at St. Frances Academy for two seasons before joining the Loyola staff. He handled St. Frances' junior-varsity program, directing the 2003-04 team to a 24-5 record, titles in the MIAA and 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 are Sean Mosley and Juan Dixon of Maryland, Ricky Harris of Massachusetts, Jermaine Dixon of Pittsburgh and Donte Greene of Syracuse.
A 1999 graduate of Southern New Hampshire with a B.S. in sports management, Ranson completed his collegiate career as one of the top players in the history of the school. He ranked seventh in career scoring (1,899 points), fifth in assists (598) and fourth in 3-point field goals (226) after lettering for four seasons. He was inducted into the school's hall of fame in January 2007.
Ranson and his wife, Shannon, have two sons.