|Position:||Associate Head Baseball Coach|
|Phone:||203-254-4000 ext. 3178|
The 2017 campaign marks the fifth season with the Stags for Mike Cole and the second as the Associate Head Baseball Coach.
His first season after his promotion to the Associate Head Coach was the most historic in Fairfield baseball history. Cole was part of a coaching staff who helped lead the Stags to their first-ever MAAC Tournament Championship and NCAA Regional appearance. The Stags were able to post this successful season by leading the league in batting average (.279), runs (330), and fielding percentage (.972).
Cole came to Fairfield after spending two seasons as the Head Coach at NJIT and nine years as an assistant coach with three highly successful programs.
In his nine seasons as an assistant at Vermont, Manhattan, and Maine, Cole's teams posted 261 overall wins (averaged 29 wins per season) and won 68 percent of their conference games.
Cole also was the top assistant at Manhattan in 2006 when the Jaspers won their first-ever Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) crown and advanced to the NCAA Regional championship game against superpower Miami. Along the way, the Jaspers defeated three nationally-ranked teams including: Tulane, San Francisco, and the regional host Nebraska. Cole and the Jaspers would upset Nebraska in their first regional contest, taking down Joba Chamberlain who recorded the loss in the game.
That game signified the turnaround for the Manhattan Jasper program who achieved 127 victories during his four-year stay including a program record 35 wins in 2007.
During his first year as an assistant coach at Vermont, the Catamounts set school records for wins (32) and conference victories (17) en-route to the America East regular season championship.
Cole would return to Vermont in 2008 and as the hitting coach help set school records for hits, runs, doubles, and home runs as the Catamounts reached the 2009 America East Tournament.
Cole has also been in charge of his teams recruiting in all of his coaching stops. With his help, the Jaspers attained the second-best recruiting class in New England according to Baseball America in 2008.
As a player, the future Vermont Hall of Famer played for Currier from 1997-2001 and served as Currier's. He earned All-America East honors as a third baseman and graduated as UVM's career leader in games played, doubles, and runs batted in and ranked second in hits. The 181 games he played was the most by any Catamount in any sport. He was inducted into the Vermont Hall of Fame in 2011.