Cole McCool begins his third season as head coach of the Linfield College women's soccer program after serving as an assistant for four years, during which time Linfield achieved a 58-15-7 record and three consecutive runner-up finishes in the Northwest Conference. In his inaugural head coaching campaign, the Wildcats posted a 15-4 overall record, placing second in the league standings.
Citing McCool's familiarity with the Linfield program, connections with the local soccer community and established relationships with current Wildcats, Linfield Director of Athletics Scott Carnahan's decision to hire internally was a natural move intended to continue the progress the team has made in its climb up the NWC pecking order.
A native of Bend, Ore., McCool was a four-year starter and three-time all-conference honoree at Mountain View High School before receiving a full-ride scholarship to play soccer at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. There, he enjoyed a four-year career as a Rebel while garnering Academic All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation accolades three times and also serving as team captain during his senior season.
After graduating from UNLV with a degree in hospitality and beverage management in 2007, McCool returned to the Pacific Northwest to begin passing on his soccer knowledge to the next generation of collegiate soccer student-athletes. He has been coaching club soccer for the past six years, and currently serves as the director of coaching at the Tualatin Hills United Soccer Club.
In addition to his head coaching duties at Linfield, McCool continues to train with his club program during the Wildcat offseason. McCool, who resides in Wilsonville, is the 16th head coach in the history of the women's soccer program, which has enjoyed a meteoric rise to the upper echelon of the Northwest Conference over the past few seasons.