Kelly Cole returns for her third season as a member of theHarvard women's basketball coaching staff in 2014-15. Cole brought21 years of coaching experience to Lavietes Pavilion on herarrival, including three appearances in the Sweet 16 as a member ofthe Boston College staff.
Primarily working with the Crimson’s forwards, Cole helpedHarvard register the second-most wins in program history with a22-8 record in 2013-14. The Crimson became the first Ivy Leagueprogram to earn an at-large berth into a postseason tournament,advancing to the second round of the WNIT for thesecond-consecutive season with Cole. Cole aided in the developmentof Temi Fagbenle, a first team All-Ivy selection that led theconference in rebounding.
Cole spent five seasons working as a head coach at the highschool level, including at Buckingham Browne & Nichols inCambridge. She led BB&N to a 15-11 overall record and a 9-3record in the Independent School League in 2011-12, with theteam’s third-place finish in the ISL marking its best since2005. Cole also served as the head coach at Bedford High School forthe 2010-11 season and at the Gann Academy from 2007-10.
Cole worked a total of nine seasons at Boston College under headcoach Cathy Inglese, spending seven of those seasons as anassistant coach before being promoted to associate head coach inMay of 2004. While in Chestnut Hill, Cole helped the Eagles to a192-89 overall record and seven NCAA Tournament appearances,including trips to the Sweet 16 in 2003, 2004 and 2006. BostonCollege won at least 20 games seven times during this stretch andin 2003-04 posted a 27-7 mark en route to the BIG EASTChampionship. The Eagles were also a combined 95-51 in BIG EAST andACC play.
Cole was responsible for bringing in six top-25 recruitingclasses as BC’s recruiting coordinator. As the primary guardscoach she helped develop two all-region selections, four first teamAll-BIG EAST selections and three recipients of the BIGEAST’s Most Improved Player award. Cole also coached eight1,000 point scorers and three players who amassed over 400 careerassists.
She began her collegiate coaching career at her alma mater,Northwestern, where she helped the Wildcats to the WNIT semifinalsin 1996 and to the NCAA Tournament in 1997. Cole began her coachingcareer as the head girls basketball coach and head volleyball coachat Newberg High School from 1992-96.
Cole graduated from Northwestern University in 1991 with adegree in secondary education and English. She played four seasonsfor the Wildcats, serving as team captain from 1989-91, andfinished her career having scored 1,206 career points. Shecurrently ranks second in program history in career appearances(121), seventh in free-throw percentage (.803) and eighth inassists (376).
The Cole-led Wildcats earned three trips to the NCAA Tournamentand advanced to the second round in both her freshman and seniorcampaigns. In 1990, Northwestern captured the Big Ten title with a27-6 overall record and a 15-3 mark in conference play. TheWildcats were 81-39 overall in Cole’s four seasons whilegoing 47-25 in the Big Ten. Cole was named All-Big Ten honorablemention in 1988 and 1990, and was an Academic All-Big Ten pick in1990.