Bonzie Colson is in his ninth season on the Boston College basketball staff, his 14th season as a member of a collegiate coaching staff. Colson joined the Eagles as director of basketball operations in June 2001, after serving the previous three years as assistant coach at George Washington University. He assumed assistant coaching duties in the spring of 2007 after the departures of Bill Coen and Ed Cooley.
Colson's 2001 arrival at the Heights reunited the former University of Rhode Island basketball star with Al Skinner, who coached Colson for one season at URI and gave Colson his start in the coaching profession as an assistant to Skinner at Rhode Island from 1991-93. After his departure from Rhode Island, he served five years (1993-98) as head coach of both the junior-varsity and varsity teams at Frank Ballou High School in Washington, DC.
Colson returned to the collegiate ranks at George Washington University in 1998.
Colson has been on two different staffs that have produced both the number one and two career scorers in school history. At George Washington it was Chris Monroe and Shawnte Rogers. At Boston College it was Troy Bell and Craig Smith. Colson has experienced success at each of his collegiate stops, with the teams totaling a 263-152 record during his tenure. In his 13 years these teams have played in eight NCAA Tournaments and two National Invitation Tournaments.
A 1990 Rhode Island graduate, Colson anchored the middle as the Rams advanced to the Sweet 16 and recorded a school-best 28-7 record in 1987-88. A four-year starting center, Colson still ranks among the Rams' career leaders in blocked shots.
A graduate of Dunbar (D.C.) High School, Colson enjoyed a fine playing career on nationally-ranked teams during his schoolboy career.
Colson and his wife, Cyndi, have one son, Bonzie II (14), and one daughter, Sydni (6).
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