DURHAM, N.H.  – Kristin Cole (Notre Dame ’94) was named University of New Hampshire women’s basketball head coach by UNH Athletic Director Marty
Kristin Cole was named the fifth coach in the history of the Wildcat women's basketball program on Tuesday
Scarano on Tuesday. Cole is the fifth head coach in the 32-year history of the program and comes to UNH from Xavier University, where she served as assistant coach from 2002-07.
    “We are really excited to have Kristin Cole join our strong contingent of coaches,” Scarano said. “Kristin brings with her a fabulous background both as an athlete and coach. She will take UNH women’s basketball to new heights. It is an exciting time for UNH basketball – both men and women – as we change the culture of those sports at UNH.”
    In Cole’s five years at Xavier, the Musketeers compiled an overall record of 106-50, made two NCAA Tournament appearances (2007, 2003) and three trips to the WNIT Tournament, including in 2005 when the team advanced to the quarterfinals.
    “I am very excited about being named the head women's basketball coach at the University of New Hampshire,” Cole said. “I knew from the moment I stepped on campus that UNH was a special place and a great fit for me. Both my family and I are extremely excited to join the UNH family.
    “I am confident that with the support we have from the administration and the community we will be successful,” she added. “I want to thank Athletic Director Marty Scarano for believing in me and giving me this incredible opportunity.”
Cole’s responsibilities at Xavier included recruiting; player identification and evaluation; scouting opponents, film breakdown and team presentation; on-court coaching duties with an emphasis on post players; and liaison with Academic Support Services, the Sports Information Department and Admissions Office.
    In addition to her tenure at Xavier, Cole’s collegiate coaching experience includes stints as an assistant coach at Ball State (2001-02), UNLV (1999-2001) and Auburn (1996-99).
    Cole’s only season at Ball State was an eventful one in which the team finished atop the Mid-American Conference West Division as well as co-champions of the MAC and made the program’s first postseason appearance with a trip to the WNIT. In two years at UNLV, Cole helped lead the Rebels to their first postseason appearance in seven years at the 2001 WNIT. During her three-year stint at Auburn, the Tigers won the 1997 SEC Tournament and won a pair of NCAA tourney games, including a triumph against Texas in 1999.
    Cole earned a B.A. in History from the University of Notre Dame in 1994. She earned four monograms playing for the women’s basketball team and led the Irish to their first two NCAA tournament appearances (1992, 1994) as well as three conference championships. Cole won a bronze medal as a participant on the 1991 U.S. Olympic Festival Team and played professionally in Sweden after graduating from Notre Dame.
    Cole and her husband Trevor have a seven-month old son, Kael.
A formal press conference attended by Kristin Cole will be held next Wednesday, June 20 at 3 p.m.


Marty Scarano, UNH Athletic Director
    “Three things set Kristin apart from the very talented pool of candidates we interviewed. One, she is very much ready for this opportunity and she carries herself with great confidence; she has great charisma and presence. Two, Kristin has never been associated with losing; her record with every program, again both as an athlete and coach, is one of excellence and postseason opportunity; I truly believe one has to experience winning to, in fact, be a winner. Thirdly, Kristin has a great track record of recruiting and maintains very strong recruiting ties in the Northeast.”

Kevin McGuff, Xavier women’s basketball head coach
    “New Hampshire has made a terrific decision in the hiring of Kristin Cole. She is a rising star in the coaching profession and will bring a tremendous amount of passion to the Wildcat program. In the very near future, you will see UNH competing for the America East conference championship.”

Muffet McGraw, Notre Dame women’s basketball head coach
    “Kristin has always been a tremendous student of the game, dating back to when she played for me here at Notre Dame. As an assistant coach, she has developed a great understanding of how to get the best out of her players each and every day. I believe she is ready for the challenge of being a head coach and I'm really looking forward to following her progress in the years to come."

Carrie Doyle, Chair of Women’s Basketball Search Committee/Senior Associate Athletic Director

“It's hard to deny that this is a tipping point for women's basketball at UNH.  All of us believe that Kristin has the ability to bring a new level of energy and enthusiasm to the program that will be contagious to fans, alumni, recruits, parents, the university community and the state of New Hampshire.  All you have to do is meet Kristin in person and you very quickly become energized by her confident, calm, charismatic presence.”

Joe Ciampi, Auburn University former women’s basketball head coach
    “Kristin was an outstanding player with great leadership qualities on the court and a motivator by her work ethic for her teammates and coaches. In working with us at Auburn, she became a great teacher of the game for player development and also has a keen sense for making adjustments with in-game situations. She has earned the opportunity to become a head coach, along the lines of Auburn and Xavier where she’ll bring her own philosophy both offensively and defensively.”
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