Larry Cole, whose programs have produced 64 NCAA Division III All-Americans in a 25-year head coaching career, enters his 11th season at Rose-Hulman.
Cole has led the Fightin' Engineers to six consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Outdoor Track and Field titles in 2008, '09, '10, '11, '12 and '13. This feat marks the first Rose-Hulman athletic team with six straight league championships since the men's track and field squad won titles from 1984-89.
Cole has also helped Rose-Hulman individuals earn 16 All-American honors and five NCAA Division III national championships in his era at the college. In addition, Cole helped the men's and women's teams sweep the inaugural HCAC Indoor Championships in 2011. The men repeated the feat with indoor titles in 2012 and 2013.
For his efforts, Cole has earned 10 HCAC Coach of the Year honors, including Men's Outdoor Coach of the Year accolades in 2008, '09, '10, '11, '12 and 13. His career has featured 12 conference Coach of the Year awards.
Cole's success extends to his cross country squads. In 2012, the Engineers matched their best conference finish in 20 years with a second-place effort at the HCAC Championships. Rose-Hulman individuals also captured league runner-up honors in 2010 and 2011.
Regarded by his peers as one of Division III's finest meet directors, Cole's efforts helped Rose-Hulman land the hosting role for the 2007 and 2009 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field National Championships. He previously served as the meet director for the 1995 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Nationals at Ohio Northern.
His efforts were also instrumental in Rose-Hulman securing the 2012 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships at the LaVern Gibson Course in November.
Cole began his coaching career at Muskingum College (Ohio) as the men's and women's track and field coach from 1982-90. At Muskingum, he coached 52 conference champions, 15 NCAA Division III All-Americans, and four conference women's championship teams.
Cole then moved on to Ohio Northern, where his programs produced 72 league champions, 33 All-Americans, and was twice named conference Coach of the Year from 1990-97. He was also named both the Great Lakes Region men's and women's Coach of the Year in 1996.
At Ohio Northern, his cross country teams earned four league runner-up finishes from 1990-97. He has coached 31 all-conference runners, one All-American and one Ohio College Division Runner of the Year throughout his cross country coaching career. Eight of Cole's former student-athletes have recently been inducted into the Ohio Northern Hall of Fame.
Off the track, Cole serves on the Executive Committee of the United States Track and Cross Country Coaches Association. He served as first vice president in 1997 and currently serves as the group’s treasurer.
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