UPPER MARLBORO – Coming off a 26-4 record this past season, Rock Creek Christian Academy Head Coach Chris Cole will be leaving the school after his fifth year at the helm.
Cole has accepted an assistant coaching position at Bryant University, which will allow him to recruit players from around the East Coast and he will be working with players in their development.
Cole has already taken the initiative to make a push to recruit some top guards in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC). St. John’s junior guard Delonnie Hunt and St. Mary’s Ryken junior guard Mike Sumner are currently on his watch list.
“The DMV area is full of versatile players, and the area has so many players that can do multiple things," Cole said. “I plan on hitting the area hard looking for the top low to high major players.”
The new Bulldogs assistant coach said he knows his role will be different, but it will be a slight adjustment that he will have to make.
Cole will join his former coach from the University of Hartford at Bryant University.
After graduating with his degree from California State University, he came back to Maryland and took on a head coaching job at Clinton Christian Academy, now the Rock Creek Christian Academy.
“When I got there, there was never really a competitive team,” Cole said. “The staff at the school gave me the full freedom to do whatever was best for the program, and it was just a positive experience for me.”
Cole had some of the top talents in the area come to Rock Creek which played under him. He has coached Josh Page, who now plays at Lincoln University.
Page went to powerhouse DeMatha Catholic High School until he suddenly broke his leg in a game. After fully healing, Page transferred to Rock Creek to play under Cole.
“I appreciate Cole because he was the only coach that took me in after I broke my leg. As soon as I got there he gave me all the freedom, and he got on me when I wasn’t aggressive enough,” Page said. “I believe he will be great at the Division I level, and he knows how to put players in the right positions to be successful.”
In Cole’s five years coaching at Rock Creek, he has won three Capital Beltway League titles.
Bladensburg Head Coach Antonio Williams and his team came across Rock Creek and Cole’s squad this past season at the DMV-Tip Off Classic where Rock Creek came away with the 57-53 win.
Williams said although his team did not win, they gained valuable experience from playing Rock Creek.
“When I think of Chris Cole, I notice how he can motivate his players at high levels continuously,” Williams said. “He cares about his athletes on and off the court, and I’m so excited for this opportunity for him.”