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An experienced offensive coach who has served as offensive coordinator at six different universities, Bob Cole adds offensive coordinator to his quarterback coaching responsibilities as he begins his third season with Northern Illinois.
After working with the wide receivers in his first year at NIU, Cole returned to lead the position group he has worked with the most over the years, tutoring the Huskie quarterbacks in 2012. Under his tutelage, quarterback Jordan Lynch, who finished seventh in the 2012 Heisman voting, turned in a record-setting season last year, becoming the first NCAA player to pass for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,500 yards. The 2012 Mid-American Conference MVP tallied 353.8 yards of total offense and led the nation with 12 rushing touchdowns.
Cole has helped guide one of the most productive offenses in Northern Illinois history. In 2011, NIU set the single season mark for passing yards with 3,386. Last year, the Huskies surpassed the school record for points in a season, which was set in 2011, tallying 540 points.
Under Cole's guidance in 2011, the Huskies developed one of the most consistent and deep receiving corps in NIU history, contributing to a record-setting offensive season and the 2011 Mid-American Conference Championship. A trio of Northern Illinois receivers, Martel Moore, Nathan Palmer and Perez Ashford tied for the team lead with 47 receptions, while Moore's 747 yards was a team best.
Cole is a 25-year collegiate coaching veteran who has made stops at seven colleges and two high schools in his career. Prior to spending the 2009 campaign at Western Kentucky where he served as quarterbacks coach, Cole was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Wyoming in 2008. He went to Wyoming after three seasons (2005-07) in the same role at Florida A&M University, where Rattlers' quarterback Albert Chester led the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in passing and total offense in 2006.
A native of Whitehall, Pa., Cole led a successful offense as coordinator at Utah State from 2000-04. Under his direction, the 2002 Aggies ranked seventh in the nation in passing offense, while quarterback Jose Fuentes was ninth in the country in total offense and Kevin Curtis was sixth in receiving yards. The previous year, Cole's USU offense ranked 13th in the NCAA in passing behind Fuentes and Curtis, who led the nation in receptions (9.09/game) and was third in receiving yards. In his first season at Utah State, the Aggies were 21st in the nation in passing offense, while running back Emmett White Jr. led the nation in all-purpose yards.
As offensive coordinator at Montana in 1999, the Grizzlies reached the NCAA I-AA (now FCS) playoffs and Cole's offense ranked second among all NCAA Division I-AA teams in total offense (517.4 yards per game), scoring offense (46.4 points per game) and passing offense (370.0 yards per game). Quarterback Drew Miller led the nation in passing efficiency with a quarterback rating of 168.6, marking the second consecutive season that Cole coached the nation's passing efficiency leader. Miller also ranked second in the nation with an average of 346.1 passing yards per game.
Cole spent six seasons (1993-98) at Portland State as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. During his tenure, PSU ranked in the top 10 in the nation in total offense three times - in 1994, 1995 and 1998. Vikings' quarterback Jimmy Blanchard led the nation in passing efficiency in 1998.
Cole has been a college coach since 1988, when he began his career as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks' coach at Sonoma State University in California, where he coached for five years (1988-92).
A 1982 graduate of Widener University in Chester, Pa., Cole was a three-year starter (1979-81) at quarterback for the Pioneers and led Widener to the 1981 NCAA Division III National Championship. Widener went 35-2 and advanced to the Division III Playoffs in all three of his years as the starting signal-caller.
Cole and his wife Kathy have two children, daughter Zoe and son Bobby.
Off. Coordinator/QBs (2013)
Wide Receivers (2011)
Western Kentucky (Quarterbacks)
Wyoming (Off. Coord./QBs)
Florida A&M (Off. Coord./QBs)
Utah State (Offensive Coordinator)
Montana (Offensive Coordinator)
Portland State (Off. Coord./QBs)
Sonoma State (Off. Coord./QBs)
San Leandro H.S. (Head Coach)
Moreau H.S. (Assistant Coach)
Orange Bowl (NIU)
GoDaddy.com Bowl (NIU)
FCS National Finals (Montana)
FCS Playoffs (Montana)
Division II Playoffs (PSU)
Division III Playoffs (Widener)
B.S., Widener, 1982
Sept. 26, 1959
Wife, Kathy, daughter Zoe (15), and son Bobby (14)