Michelle Cole


Michelle has coached and played at the highest level of college volleyball in America. In her first with the academy she now acts as a Head Coach.

Cole spent the 2016 and 2017 seasons with the Islanders’ indoor and beach teams. She helped guide the indoor team to the Southland Conference regular-season and tournament titles in 2016, earning a berth in the NCAA Tournament. While in Corpus Christi, Cole coached up Brittany Gilpin as she switched positions from middle blocker to outside hitter, earning first-team All-Region and All-Southland Conference honors. Gilpin was also named the Southland Conference Player of the Year and the TAMUCC Female Student-Athlete of the Year. Cole also coached libero Kate Klepetka, the 2016 Southland Conference Libero of the Year and All-Southland Conference first-team selection.

Prior to her time in Corpus Christi, Cole served as the assistant coach at the University of South Dakota for two seasons. While in Vermillion, Cole focused on the scouting and recruiting of student-athletes for both the indoor and beach volleyball programs. On the court, Cole spent the majority of her time coaching the Coyotes defense.

Prior to joining the staff at USD, Cole spent the 2013 season at Division II Azusa Pacific University. During her season at Azusa Pacific, she helped the Cougars to a 2013 National Christian Colleges Athletic Association championship match appearance. Before the stint at Azusa Pacific, Cole spent two years at Occidental College in Eagle Rock, Calif., where she served as the assistant coach in 2005 and head coach in 2006. Cole went on to become the club director and coach of The Elite Volleyball Club in Chatsworth, Calif., from 2009-13.

A 2001 graduate of Texas A&M, Cole was a four-year starter with the Aggies. In her senior season, Cole earned first-team All-Big 12 honors as well as All-Region honors. Cole helped the Aggies to a pair of Elite Eight appearances during her four seasons.