DUBLIN, Ohio – Recent Cleveland State women's basketball graduate Cori Coleman has been signed to play professionally for Vimpelin Veto in Finland, and will begin her professional basketball career later this summer. Coleman is the third Viking to ink a professional contract over the past five years, and the first since 2013.
Vimpelin Veto is part of the SM-Sarja, Finland's top league for women's basketball.
"Cori has grown so much in our program, and she made a tremendous impact in her four years at Cleveland State. Now she has an opportunity to play at the professional level – a dream come true for Cori," head Cleveland State women's basketball coach Kate Peterson Abiad said. "We are thrilled that she has found a place to begin her professional career. Vimpelin Veto is getting a terrific player in Cori, and I know that she will work as hard to bring success to their program as she did in ours. We are all very proud of Cori as she takes this next step in her life."
Coleman was an integral part of the Cleveland State lineup throughout her career, playing in 121 games and starting 115 over her four seasons. She became the 24th Viking in program history to record 1,000 career points as a junior (2013-14) and then became just the sixth Viking to notch 1,500 career points as a senior (2014-15). She finished her collegiate career ranked sixth all-time with 1,584 points.
As a senior, Coleman became the best three-point shooter in program history, setting a program record with 217 three-point field goals made. She was also one of the most efficient three-point shooters at Cleveland State, finishing her career ranked fifth with a .353 three-point field goal percentage (217-for-614).
Coleman was also one of the top rebounders for the Vikings, grabbing 551 career boards – becoming just the sixth Viking to notch 1,500 career points and 550 career rebounds. Included in her 551 rebounds was 238 offensive boards, which ranks her sixth in program history.
She also ranks in the top-10 in four other career categories at Cleveland State, including field goals made (7th – 550) and steals (6th – 229).
Coleman, who played for the Vikings from 2011-2015, led Cleveland State to its first-ever trip to the WNIT as a senior, and helped the Vikings finish third in the Horizon League during 2014-15 – their best finish over the past five years. Following her senior campaign Coleman was named First Team All-Horizon League.
Coleman, who graduated with a degree in public relations last May, is a native of Springfield Gardens, New York.