Volunteer Assistant Lisa Cole is the third coach on head coach Mark Krikorian's first-ever staff at Florida State with collegiate head coaching experience. The Washington native comes to Tallahassee following a successful two-year stint as the head coach of the University of Rhode Island. She is one of the nation's top goalkeeper coaches and she will work with FSU's three keepers in 2005.
"We are thrilled to have Lisa Cole join us," said Krikorian. "She has great references from everywhere she has been. Mick D'Arcy at Central Connecticut has raved about her for years. She has the highest endorsement from Tony DiCicco who is at the top of the world of women's soccer. We are happy to have her here at FSU and look forward to getting her input and having her help us build a great team."
Cole compiled a 19-18-4 record at URI and a 13-6-3 record in Atlantic 10 play including a 7-2-2 record in 2004. Last season her Rams played for the A-10 Championship with an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament on the line. It was the first time the Rams had advanced to the conference championship game since 2002. She coached the conference's rookie of the year in 2004 and the A 10's offensive player of the year and student-athlete of the year in 2003.
Cole's team didn't just succeed on the field at URI. Her 2004 Rams were awarded the NSCAA Team Ethics Award of Merit for receiving no red cards and just one yellow card throughout the entire season. She also saw one of her student-athletes receive second team Academic All-American honors from ESPN the Magazine in 2004.
Before taking over the Rhode Island program, Cole spent three seasons as an assistant at one of the most successful college soccer programs in America while working at the University of Connecticut from 1999-2003. One of Cole's main responsibilities at UConn was recruiting and working with the Huskie keepers. During her tenure, UConn made two appearances in the Elite Eight and one trip to the Sweet 16. Cole developed walk-on goalkeeper Maria Yatrakis who played for the Greek National Team in the Olympics and won 2002 BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year honors. UConn won its first BIG EAST Championship during Cole's tenure.
Cole also served as an assistant at Mississippi from 1997-2000. She helped guide Ole Miss to its first-ever SEC Western Division Title and SEC Tournament final in 1999. It was the first SEC Tournament bid in program history.
Cole is currently a director for Tony DiCicco's SoccerPlus camps and has been part of his staff for 11 years. DiCicco was the head Coach of the 1996 Olympic Gold-Medal Winning and 1999 World Cup Champion USA Women's National Soccer Teams. Cole is now a director for the camp.
Cole is also a member of the ODP Region I staff and also work with the Rhode Island ODP. She had a stellar career in net at Pacific Lutheran where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1997.