RICHMOND – Eastern Kentucky University women’s basketball head coach Chrissy Roberts announced on Tuesday that former Lady Colonel Colette Cole has been promoted from basketball operations to assistant coach.
Cole had served as EKU’s Director of Basketball Operations for the last three years, coordinating team travel, film exchange, summer camps and budget.
“I am excited to announce the elevation of Colette Cole to the position of assistant coach,” Roberts said. “Colette has been an enthusiastic and loyal member of our Lady Colonel family since 2006, when she first came to EKU as a freshman. She enjoyed a successful playing career and exemplified what being a student-athlete is all about. Over the past three years on my staff as Director of Basketball Operations, she has seen her responsibilities and role within the program increase. She has a unique perspective to offer my current and future players because she played for me and fully understands the demands and rewards of being a Lady Colonel. Colette will continue to be a tremendous role model and I look forward to watching her continued growth within the Lady Colonel program.”
Cole was a four-year letter winner for the Lady Colonels from 2006 to 2010. During her career she played in 98 games and started 42 times while averaging 5.4 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.
During her junior season Cole averaged a career-best 8.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per contest. She also recorded two double-doubles, had 32 steals, 24 assists and blocked 10 shots. She finished among the top-20 in the conference in rebounding and third on the team in scoring. During her senior campaign Cole shot a career-best 42 percent from the field.
In the classroom, Cole was a four-time winner of the Ohio Valley Conference Medal of Honor, which is given annually to the student-athletes who achieve the highest grade point average in a conference-sponsored sport. She was chosen to the 2008-09 and 2009-10 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District First Team.
Cole earned a bachelor’s degree in sport management in December 2009, completing the degree in three and a half years. In the spring of 2011, Cole completed a master’s degree in sport management. She is currently working towards a PhD in educational leadership and policy studies.
As a standout at Breathitt County High School Cole earned four varsity letters, was named 2006 14th Region Player of the Year, was chosen as the 2006 Gatorade Mountain Co-Player of the Year and led the state in scoring as senior. She ended her career as school’s all-time leading scorer after averaging 26 points and 12 rebounds per game as a senior. Cole also played four years of varsity softball and two years of volleyball. She was Breathitt County High School’s 2006 salutatorian and graduated with a 4.0 grade point average.
Cole joins Melissa Kolbe and Kent Miller on Roberts’ staff.