Kristin Cole is in her fifth season on the staff at Xavier. In her fourth year with the Musketeers, Cole made her eighth postseason appearance in nine years as a collegiate coach.
The postseason is a familiar place for Cole. While playing at Notre Dame, Cole and the Irish made two trips to the NCAA Tournament, and she won three conference championships during her career.
"Kristin is a hard-working, meticulous coach," XU head coach Kevin McGuff said. "One of her greatest traits is her ability to relate so well to our players. Her organizational skills are vital to our program."
Cole has worked at four schools as an assistant coach since graduating from Notre Dame.
Her most recent stop was at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. While at Ball State, the Cardinals finished atop the Mid-American Conference West Division, were co-champions of the MAC and made the first postseason appearance in school history with a berth in the WNIT.
Prior to her year with the Cardinals, Cole spent two years as an assistant at UNLV. The Rebels made their first postseason appearance in seven years when they played in the 2001 WNIT.
From 1996-99, Cole served as an assistant coach at Auburn University. The Tigers won the 1997 SEC Tournament and recorded two NCAA wins in that time.
She joined the college coaching ranks after coaching at her alma mater, Santa Barbara (Calif.) High School.
As a player at Notre Dame, Cole helped the Irish to three Midwestern Collegiate Conference Championships and two NCAA Tournaments. She was an MCC All-Freshman Team pick in 1990-91.
Cole won a bronze medal on the 1991 U.S. Olympic Festival Team and played professionally in Sweden after graduating from Notre Dame.
The 34-year-old Cole and her husband Trevor live in Cincinnati with their son Kael Jonathan, born October 30, 2006.