The Waves ranked No. 5 in the AVCA and MPSF preseason polls earlier this month.
PEPPERDINE 2016: Did not see any action as a freshman.
USA VOLLEYBALL: In the summer of 2016, was a member of the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team … Cole, along with fellow Wave Michael Wexter, helped the team to the Men’s U21 NORCECA Continental Championship title with a four-set win over Cuba in Gastineau, Quebec, Canada … The team also dominated Team Canada and Team St. Vincent and the Grenadines in straight sets to move on to the title match … Played with USAV HP A-1 Stars in 2015 … Helped the team earn 3rd place in the USAV HP tournament … Selected to play with the USAV HP A-1 Boys Youth Camp and Championships in Tulsa in 2014 (white team) … In 2013, earned a spot on the USAV HP A-1 Boys Select Camp and Competition in Fort Lauderdale (white team) and a bid to the USAV HP Holiday Camp in Poway, Calif. … Selected to HP A-1 Boys Select Beach Camp in Hermosa Beach and at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista in 2012.
CLUB: Played for Diablo Valley Volleyball Club from 2010-15 with a brief stint with Pacific Rim Volleyball Academy in the 2012-13 season … In 2013-14, helped the team to a 2nd place finish at NCVA Far Western Regional Qualifier (17s), 5th at SCVA Boys Invitational (17s) which earned a bid to BJNCs in the open division, 5th at SCVA Boys Classic and 13th at the BJNC Tournament … In 2011-12, led team to 2nd place finish at the Far Western Regional Qualifier, 3rd at the SCVA Invitational and 5th at the BJNC Club Division … While playing with Pacific Rim in 2012-13, led the team to an undefeated season in the NCVA, a 1st place finish at the Far Western Regional Qualifier, 3rd place at the SCVA Invitational, 5th at the SCVA Junior Boys’ Classic, 5th at the BJNC’s Open Division in Reno.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Campolindo High School in 2015 … Lettered four seasons, one at Campolindo and three at Bentley HS … Garnered to 2015 Boys’ Fab 50 and 25 Underclassmen to Watch by Volleyball Magazine … In his junior campaign, named Bentley Male Athlete of the Year, Bentley Team MVP, BLC-East League MVP, BCL-East Tournament MVP and BCL-East Most Outstanding Player … In 2014, let the team to BCL-East Tournament Championship status … Holds the BHS school records for most kills in a single season, most aces in a season and most aces in a single match … In 2013, led Bentley to the school’s first-ever BCL-East Championship title … Named BCL-East First Team and earned ‘Coaches Pick’ award in 2013.
PERSONAL: Son of Brett and Darcy Cole … Has one sibling, Josie … Majoring in psychology ... Stated that he loves “the moment where you press hard over on the block and roof your opponent,” as the thing he loves most about the sport of volleyball … Said his most thrilling moment in sports was “medaling at the USA Tournament.” … Stated the most interesting thing about himself is that he has “written two books by the age of 16, one fiction and one scientific theory.”
FAVORITES: Favorite professional athlete is Clay Stanley … Favorite pro sports team is Arsenal FC … Favorite book is Half a King … Favorite movie is Shawshank Redemption … Favorite TV show is Gotham … Favorite musical group is The Black Keys … Favorite food is shrimp … Favorite sport besides volleyball is soccer … Favorite hobbies other than volleyball include writing, reading and hiking.