Larry Cole, whose programs have produced 68 NCAA Division III All-Americans in a 32-year head coaching career, enters his 16th season at Rose-Hulman in 2018-19.
Cole has led the Fightin' Engineers to 11 consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Outdoor Track and Field championships. The streak also includes eight consecutive HCAC indoor championships. Between the indoor and outdoor programs, Cole has led Rose-Hulman to 19 consecutive men's track and field conference titles.
Cole has also helped Rose-Hulman individuals earn 20 All-American honors and five NCAA Division III national championships in his era at the college. In addition, Cole helped the men's and women's teams sweep both the HCAC Indoor and Outdoor Team Championships in 2018.
For his efforts, Cole has earned 22 HCAC Coach of the Year honors since 2008. His career has featured 24 total conference Coach of the Year awards. During Cole's tenure at Rose-Hulman, the Fightin' Engineers have combined for 223 indoor and outdoor men's and women's individual and relay conference champions since joining the HCAC in 2007.
The Rose-Hulman men's and women's track and field programs have enjoy record setting success under Cole. Since 2003, the women's program has rewritten all 21 indoor school records and all 21 outdoor standards. The men have combined for 14 indoor and nine outdoor school records during the era.
In the classroom, Cole's squads have produced 11 Academic All-Americans.
Regarded by his peers as one of Division III's finest meet directors, Cole's efforts helped Rose-Hulman land the hosting role for the 2007 and 2009 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field National Championships. He previously served as the meet director for the 1995 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Nationals at Ohio Northern.
His efforts were also instrumental in Rose-Hulman securing the 2012 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships at the LaVern Gibson Course.
Cole began his coaching career at Muskingum College (Ohio) as the men's and women's track and field coach from 1982-90. At Muskingum, he coached 52 conference champions, 15 NCAA Division III All-Americans, and four conference women's championship teams.
Cole then moved on to Ohio Northern, where his programs produced 72 league champions, 33 All-Americans, and was twice named conference Coach of the Year from 1990-97. He was also named both the Great Lakes Region men's and women's Coach of the Year in 1996.
Twenty of Cole's former student-athletes have been inducted into the Muskingum and Ohio Northern Halls of Fame. Cole himself was inducted into the Muskingum Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016.
Off the track, Cole served on the Board of Directors of the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. He served as the group’s treasurer from 2012-16.
Cole and his wife Cathy reside in Terre Haute. Cathy recently served as the chairperson of the education department at Ivy Tech Community College. The couple has three sons. Matthew serves as head coach at Baldwin Wallace. Brady is an instructor in exercise science at Indiana State University. Alex is currently a office engineer for Holder Construction in Atlanta.