Matthew Cole Headed to UW-River Falls

ColeMattTERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Matthew Cole has resigned his positions as Rose-Hulman head women's cross country and assistant track and field coach to accept head coaching positions at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

Cole will serve as the track and field head coach at NCAA Division III Wisconsin-River Falls and has also been named the co-head coach for the cross country teams, according to Falcons athletic director Roger Ternes.

Cole has spent the last seven years on the Rose-Hulman coaching staff.  As head cross country coach, Cole's 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 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 1/2") to cap her career with a fifth national title. 

For his efforts, Cole was named the Great Lakes Region Assistant Coach of the Year four times during his Rose-Hulman coaching era.  The awards included two men's Region Assistant Coach of the Year accolades and two women's honors.