Lamar State-PA selects Kansas Juco coach to lead basketball program
Lamar State College-Port Arthur named its new men’s basketball coach today, introducing 15-year veteran coach Jerre Cole, who has been an assistant coach at Garden City Community College in Garden City, Kansas, since 2006.
The Washington, Kansas, native was a high school first-team all-state selection of the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association. He began his college playing career at Highlands Community College, where he led his team in scoring as a sophomore.
After earning an associate degree from HCC, Cole transferred to Missouri Valley College, a Division II NAIA school, where he earned All-Heart of America Conference and All-District honors.
Cole began his college coaching career in 1993 with a two-year stint as varsity assistant and head freshman team coach at Missouri Valley College. He then spent a year as a graduate assistant coach at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas.
From 1996-2001, Cole was the lead assistant coach at Porterville College in Porterville, California. During that time, the Pirates posted a 147-22 overall record, the best record of all California junior colleges over those five years. Porterville won the 2000 California JC state championship and four straight Central Valley Conference championships.
Cole was inducted into the Porterville College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004.
From 2001-2005, Cole was head coach at Peru State College in Peru, Nebraska, a Division II NAIA school. Cole led the Bobcats to their first-ever Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament berth and only the 11th twenty-win season in school history.
In 2005-2006, Cole was the lead assistant coach at Arizona Western College, where the Matadors posted a 28-7 record, won the Region I championship and advanced to the “Elite Eight” of the National Junior College Athletic Association’s national championship tournament.
Cole earned a bachelor of science degree in secondary education from Missouri Valley College and a master of science degree in physical education from Emporia State University.
Cole and his wife, Kimberly, have one daughter, Claire, age three.