Dec. 11, 2003
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Randy Cole, a former Big 12 Coach of the Year, has been named Head Cross Country Coach at the University of Wyoming, UW Athletics Director Gary Barta announced Thursday.
Cole, a three-time NCAA Midwest Region Cross Country Coach of the Year, comes to Wyoming from Kansas State University, where he was Head Cross Country Coach for the past seven seasons. He will begin his new duties on Jan. 2, Barta said.
"We are thrilled to bring a coach of Randy's caliber to our program," Head Track Coach Don Yentes said. "He has proven that he can compete with, and defeat some of the best in the nation. We are extremely confident that he will elevate our program to the next level.
"He is an outstanding recruiter, a tremendous communicator with the student-athletes, and has the ability to tailor individual plans that enhance the strengths of each competitor," Yentes continued. "He has a quality reputation throughout the country."
A 1981 graduate of California Polytechnic State University (San Luis Obispo), Cole earned his M.S., in 1983, from Kansas State University.
"I'm excited about coming to Wyoming," Cole said. "This is an opportunity for me to join a coaching staff that is enthusiastic about developing a quality program, building a competitive team, and providing a positive environment for the student-athletes to excel. I have worked with Don, and known him for many years, I know his commitment to the student-athlete, and their success."
He began his coaching career at Kansas State in 1981 as a graduate assistant track and field coach. His first head coaching position was at Barton County Community College (Great Bend, Kansas) in 1991. He won 19 national junior college championships in 12 years there, including four cross country, seven indoor and eight outdoor titles. He coached 328 junior college All-Americans during that time. He was inducted into the National Junior College Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2002.
Cole moved on to Kansas State in 1997, as head cross country coach. While there, he was the Big 12 Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year in 1998. The Wildcats won the Big 12 title that year, and finished fifth at the NCAA nationals. During his tensure at K-State, he coached eight cross country All-Americans, 12 indoor All-Americans, and three outdoor All-Americans. His student-athletes set seven Kansas State school records.