Riverdale, NY -
Manhattan College Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Marianne Reilly
has announced that Mike Cole has been named as the Jaspers' Head Baseball Coach.
"We are excited to welcome Mike back to Manhattan College," said Reilly. "He is an outstanding recruiter, coach and leader while having had success at every institution."
Cole has spent the last five seasons as the Associate Head Coach at Fairfield, where he has helped the Stags to three 30-win campaigns, back-to-back MAAC Regular Season Championships and a berth in the 2016 NCAA Regionals. Additionally, he helped the 2014 and 2016 squads set school records for victories (32).
Prior to his time in Connecticut, Cole spent two years as the NJIT Head Coach where he mentored current Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Mark Leiter Jr. while leading the Highlanders to a program-best 25 Division I victories in 2012.
No stranger to Riverdale, Cole was a member of the Manhattan coaching staff from 2005-2008 while helping lead the Jaspers to a 127-83-1 (.604) record, including 72-27 (.727) during MAAC play. Manhattan won at least 30 games in all four of his years on staff, highlighted by the 2006 squad that won the program's first MAAC Championship before defeating nationally ranked Nebraska and San Francisco in placing second at the Lincoln Regional.
Additionally, seven of his former Jasper student-athletes were either drafted or signed to professional contracts by Major League organizations while Cole also served as the recruiting coordinator during that time. His 2008 recruiting class was ranked No. 2 in the Northeast by Baseball America and would be the cornerstone of the Jaspers' 2011 and 2012 MAAC Championship teams.
"I would first like to thank Marianne Reilly
, Dr. Satterlee and the entire search committee for the opportunity to be the next Head Coach at Manhattan College," said Cole. "I am honored and excited to return to Manhattan to lead the program. My staff and I will work extremely hard to continue to uphold the rich baseball tradition here at Manhattan. I can't wait to meet our student athletes and get started!"
A 16-year coaching veteran, Cole has also worked as an assistant at Vermont and Maine and has been a part of eight teams that won at least 30 games, including two that advanced to the NCAA Regional play. Additionally, he has overseen the development of 25 players that have signed contracts with Major League Teams.
He began his coaching career at Vermont under Bill Currier, whom he most recently worked under at Fairfield. In Cole's second year on the staff, 2003, the Catamounts set school records for wins in a season (32) and during conference play (17), while capturing the America East regular season title.
A native of Poughkeepsie, NY, Cole was a four-year standout at the University of Vermont. He earned All-America East honors at third base as a senior in 2001 and left as the Catamounts' career leader in games played, doubles, and RBI while ranking second in career hits.
Cole graduated from Vermont in 2002 with his Bachelor of Science in Community Development and Applied Economics, with a minor in Small Business.
Cole By The Numbers
Wins as a college coach (.525)
Victories at Manhattan during his first stint (.604)
MAAC wins at Manhattan (.727)
Head Coaching Wins
Former players have signed contracts with Major League Teams (2 Major Leaguers)
Years as a coach
Seasons (out of 16) that his teams have reached the postseason
Winning Seasons (12 – Conference)
Former Manhattan student-athletes coached by Cole that have inked contracts with Major League Teams
Schools that have achieved a school record for wins with Cole on staff
Regular Season Conference Titles
NCAA Regional Appearances (2016, 2006)
Current Major Leaguer (Mark Leiter Jr. – Phillies)