Cross Country Head Coach
Matthew Cole enters his eighth year on the Engineer coaching staff this season.
Cole has completed his sixth season as head women's cross country coach and also serves as assistant men's and women's track field coach at Rose-Hulman.
Cole's women's cross country program has produced the college's first NCAA individual national qualifier in Rachel Krasich, as well as the first individual conference champion in Melissa Rogers.
Cole also served as meet director for the 2012 NCAA Division III Cross Country National Championships, hosted by Rose-Hulman at the LaVern Gibson Course.
For the track and field team, Cole specializes in hurdles, jumps and sprint events. He has coached two of the top athletes in Rose-Hulman history. Liz Evans has earned four NCAA Division III high jump national championships and seven All-American awards entering the 2013 outdoor season. Sutton Coleman earned seven All-American awards, including two top-three finishes, in high and intermediate hurdles events.
In 2012, Evans swept the NCAA Division III Indoor and Outdoor High Jump National Championships to win her fourth consecutive national title. Her four straight titles tied the all-time women's Division III high jump record.
The 2011 season also featured Cole coaching three individuals and one relay team to appearances at the NCAA Division III National Championships. Qualifiers included sprinter Jeremiah Edwards, All-American hurdler Sutton Coleman, National Champion high jumper Liz Evans and the men's school record setting 4-x-400 meter relay team.
For his efforts, Cole has been named the Great Lakes Region Assistant Coach of the Year three times during his Rose-Hulman coaching era. The awards include two men's Region Assistant Coach of the Year accolades and the women's honor most recently in 2012.
During his running career at Mount Union, Cole was a four-time Ohio Athletic Conference champion in the high hurdles. He earned two NCAA Division III National Qualifications and ranked fourth nationally during the 2005 season, while setting a school record in the 55-meter hurdles.
Cole has completed the USATF Level I and Level II coaching certification programs. His Level II areas include the sprint, hurdles and relay events. Cole specializes in the jumping events, including mentorship by legendary LSU jumps coach Boo Schexnayder. Cole completed his bachelor's degree in media computing and sports management at Mount Union in 2005. He will complete his master's degree in coaching at Indiana State in May.