July 7, 2003
KINGSTON, R.I. - University of Rhode Island Director of Athletics Ron Petro has announced the hiring of Lisa Cole as the school's new head women's soccer coach. Cole replaces Geoff Bennett who guided the Rams to a 16-6-1 mark and their first NCAA appearance in 2002.
"We're pleased to have such a talented up-and-coming young coach from a highly successful program like Connecticut," said Petro. "The future certainly looks bright here at Rhode Island."
Cole comes to Rhode Island after serving as the assistant coach at Connecticut for the past three seasons. While at Connecticut the Huskies compiled a 56-16-3 record and notched three NCAA appearances, including two times in the final eight. She was instrumental in the development of the 2002 Big East Goalkeeper of the Year.
Prior to her stint at Connecticut Cole was an assistant coach at Mississippi from 1997-2000, guiding the Lady Rebels to the SEC Western Division Championship in 1999.
An active coach in the Olympic Development Program, Cole works camps throughout the region, including the Tony DiCicco's SoccerPlus Goalkeeper School and is a member of the Region I staff. This past summer, she helped lead the Region I team on a tour of England and Scotland. She currently holds the NSCAA Advance National Diploma and the USSF "A" Coaching License.
Cole graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in 1997 and still holds the school record for most saves in a season and career.