Michelle Cole is in her first season as assistant coach after joining the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi volleyball staff in February 2016.
"I feel very fortunate to be able to bring Michelle Cole on staff to help lead the Islanders," said Greene. "Michelle is a very passionate coach and her infectious personality will be a huge asset to our current and future student athletes. She brings a wealth of playing experience both collegiately and professionally to the program."
Cole comes to the Island after serving as the assistant coach at the University of South Dakota for the past two seasons. While in Vermillion, Cole focused on the scouting and recruiting of student-athletes for both the indoor and beach volleyball programs. On the court, Cole spent the majority of her time coaching the Coyotes defense.
"I am so grateful to Scott Lazenby and Mary Wallace for the work they did during the search process," said Cole. "Steve Greene has a great vision for the future of this program and with the support of the Scott and Mary, the Islanders will continue to cement their success in the Southland Conference and beyond. I feel fortunate to be welcomed into the Islander family."
Prior to joining the staff at USD, Cole spent the 2013 season at Division II Azusa Pacific University. During her season at Azusa Pacific, she helped the Cougars to a 2013 National Christian Colleges Athletic Association championship match appearance. Before the stint at Azusa Pacific, Cole spent two years at Occidental College in Eagle Rock, Calif., where she served as the assistant coach in 2005 and head coach in 2006. Cole went on to become the club director and coach of The Elite Volleyball Club in Chatsworth, Calif., from 2009-13.
A 2001 graduate of Texas A&M, Cole was a four-year starter during her time with the Aggies. In her senior season, Cole earned First-Team All-Big 12 honors as well as All-Region honors. Cole helped the Aggies to a pair of Elite Eight appearances during her four seasons.
Cole's primary focus with the Islanders will be training outside hitters and team defense.