EKU baseball is about five months away from the start of the season and the Colonels have a new hire to add to the coaching staff.
Shaun Cole was hired as EKU’s associate head coach and pitching coach, according to EKU sports. Cole has a lot of experience in the game of baseball. He was the coordinator of player development with the San Diego Padres and the pitching coach at the University of Arizona. Cole was with the Padres organization from Sep. 2015 to Nov. 2017. He was involved in all aspects of baseball operations, scouting and player development for the MLB team.
"I am so thrilled to welcome Shaun to our baseball program and our university,” head coach Edwin Thompson said in the EKU Sports release.
Cole started his collegiate coaching career as the pitching coach at Edmonds Community College from June 2007 to January 2009. He then moved on to be the director of operations at the University of Arizona. Cole served in that position for seven months before taking the pitching coach job at Arizona. With his help, the 2012 Wildcats won the College World Series as they defeated South Carolina in Game 2 by a score of 4-1. Cole was also named the 2012 Collegiate Baseball News “Pitching Coach of the Year.”
During his time with Arizona, the Wildcats made four regional appearances. Cole was credited for three of the school's most successful pitching staffs, winning 121 games, pitching 25 complete games and recording 1,324 strikeouts while also lowering the number of walks in three seasons.
Cole was also a pitching coach in the minor leagues. Cole was the pitching coach in 2016 for the Tri-City Dust Devils, short-season Class-A Affiliate of the Padres. The pitching staff ranked either first or second in all major pitching categories for the Northwest League.
"This is a great time to be coming into the EKU baseball team, things are going in the right direction," Cole said in the EKU Sports release.
EKU will look to use Cole’s knowledge and expertise this season as they work to improve last year’s 30-31 record.