The women’s basketball program at Colby Community College will be led by James Cole for the 2020-21 season, the college announced. He fills the vacancy left by Antwain Scales, who resigned in March.
“First, I’d like to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and my family, because none of this is possible without them and their unwavering support,” Cole said. “I’d also like to thank Mike Saddler, Dr. Carter, and everyone else that was involved in the process of helping me become the next women’s basketball head coach at Colby Community College. My goal is to continue to build this program, compete for championships, graduate our student-athletes, and help them become successful in life. Go Trojans!”
Cole has experience coaching at different levels. In the college ranks, he served as an assistant men’s coach at Alabama Southern Community College, Millsaps College, Jones County Junior College, and Independence Community College. He was also a head basketball coach at both Greenwood High School and Saint Joseph Catholic School in Mississippi. Before accepting the position at CCC, he was the head girls coach at Independence High School.
“I’m extremely excited about bringing James Cole to Colby,” said CCC Athletic Director Mike Saddler. “The women’s basketball program took great steps over the last two seasons, so it was important that our next coach continue that momentum. We had a great pool of candidates, but it was clear that James had the skills we were looking for to continue to grow the program not only on the court but also in the classroom and in the community.”
Coming to Colby, Cole brings a resume of building programs around quality student-athletes.
“He is known around the country as a top-notch recruiter and has been around successful basketball programs throughout his career,” Saddler said. “I look forward to the future of Colby women’s basketball under Coach Cole.”
Cole earned a master’s degree in interscholastic athletic administration and a bachelor’s degree in coaching and sports administration.
He begins immediately, pending board approval.