Cole McCool has been promoted as the next head coach of the Linfield College women's soccer program, director of athletics Scott Carnahan announced Wednesday.
McCool was elevated from an assistant coaching role to replace Dominic Doty, who resigned to accept a position as the top assistant women's soccer coach at San Jose State University. McCool's coaching experience includes four seasons with the Wildcats, during which time Linfield achieved a 58-15-7 record and three consecutive runner-up finishes in the Northwest Conference.
Citing McCool's familiarity with the Linfield program, connections with the local soccer community and established relationships with current Wildcats, Carnahan's decision to hire internally is a natural move intended to continue the progress the team has made in its climb up the Northwest Conference pecking order.
“It's a good transition. Cole has experience with our ladies, but also with Pacific Northwest soccer, and that knowledge will help with the recruiting process,” he said. “The ladies in the program really enjoy Cole and are very high on him. Making an appointment within the program, then, was really no-brainer.”
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.
“I'm extremely excited to take over the Linfield women's soccer program,” McCool said. “Dom has created a special culture and team here at Linfield and I'm proud to be given the responsibility of continuing to push the program to new heights.”
In addition to his head coaching duties at Linfield, McCool will also teach courses in Linfield's Health and Human Performance department, and continue to train with his club program during the Wildcat offseason.
McCool, who resides in Wilsonville, becomes 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.
Doty, meanwhile, departs Linfield as the program's all-time winningest coach, compiling a 70-28-8 record in five plus seasons.
“I've been lucky enough to be a part of something incredibly special while creating lifelong relationships along the way,” Doty said of his time at Linfield. “I have great confidence the Linfield Wildcat soccer program has its best years ahead and will be a contender for some time to come.”