Dec. 10, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming head football coach Joe Glenn announced on Monday the hiring of Bob Cole as the new offensive coordinator for the Cowboy Football program.
Cole has been a college coach since 1988, when he began his career as the offensive coordinator at Sonoma State University in California.
"We are fortunate to have a coach with the great experience and success that Bob Cole has had join our coaching staff," said Glenn. "Bob has great leadership qualities, and many years of experience in the role as an offensive coordinator.
"His offenses have been among the most productive in the nation during his career. Bob's offenses are innovative and exciting, and he has tutored some great players over the years. He will officially join our staff on Wednesday."
"I am thrilled to be a part of the Wyoming Football program," said Cole. "Joe (Glenn) is one of the best, if not the best, coach in the country to work for. I look forward to working along side such a great group of coaches and a great guys. I know Mike (Breske) has done an outstanding job with the defense, and I've worked with both Chad (Germer) and Lance (Robinson) before at Montana. I think Wyoming has a lot of talent returning, and I look forward to being a part of a program that has a rich football history.
"The west is where I've worked most of my career in college football. It is where I have the most contacts, and my family and I are excited to get back to that part of the country."
As the offensive coordinator at Montana in 1999, his offense averaged 517.4 yards of total offense per game to rank No. 2 in the nation. The 517.4 yards of total offense set a Montana single-season record, as did the offense's 5,691 yards of total offense and its 7.0 yards-per-play average. The Griz offense also ranked No. 2 in the country in passing offense, throwing for an average of 370.0 yards per outing as Montana advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division I-AA Playoffs. Montana's quarterback, Drew Miller, ranked in the Top Five in the nation in passing efficiency and was a finalist for the Walter Payton Award, which honors the nation's top Division I-AA Player.
In 2000, he moved with former Montana head coach Mick Dennehy to Utah State. As offensive coordinator for the Aggies, Cole's 2000 offense featured running back Emmett White Jr., who led the nation in all-purpose yards (238.9 yards per game). His 2001 Utah State offense ranked 13th in the NCAA in passing offense (288.0 yards per game), and the following season, in 2002, the Aggies ranked seventh in the country in passing offense (308.0 yards per game).
His most recent coaching position was as the offensive coordinator at Florida A&M under former NFL defensive lineman Rubin Carter.
Cole began his college coaching career as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, Calif., from 1988-92. His `92 Sonoma State squad established single-season school records for average passing yards per game (278.6 ypg) and points scored (29.6 points per game). The previous season of 1991, Sonoma's offense set school records for victories (nine wins), total offense (3.958 total yards) and touchdown passes (26).
After five years at Sonoma State, Cole moved on to Portland State, where he served in the same role for six seasons from 1993-98. Three times during his tenure at Portland State, the Viking offense ranked in the Top 10 in the nation in total offense -- 464 yards per game in 1994, 472 yards per game in `95 and 464 yards of total offense in `98. In 1998, PSU led the nation in total offense. The quarterback on his final team at Portland State, Jimmy Blanchard, was also the nation's leader in passing efficiency in 1998, with a quarterback rating of 167.6.
From Portland State, Cole moved to Montana in `99.
Cole's salary as the offensive coordinator of the Cowboys will be $123, 480 per year for two years.