Matthew Cole enters his ninth year on the Engineer coaching staff this season.
Cole has completed his seventh 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 completed the top athletic career in Rose-Hulman history with five NCAA Division III high jump national championships and eight All-American awards in 2013. Sutton Coleman, a 2012 graduate, became the first seven-time All-American in Rose-Hulman history under Cole's tutelage. Coleman's career included 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. She established a new all-time NCAA Division III record in the high jump in 2013 (6' 0") to cap her career with a fifth national title.
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 four times during his Rose-Hulman coaching era. The awards include two men's Region Assistant Coach of the Year accolades and two women's honors that included the 2013 outdoor season.
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 and earned a master's degree in coaching at Indiana State University in 2013.
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