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Stu Cole #39

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Full Name:
Stu Cole
Uniform #:
39

COACHING CAREER: Stu Cole begins his 20th season with the Rockies organization, his third as the Major League third base coach...Cole also assists in handling infield instruction at the Major League level...on Cole's watch, two Rockies infielders have won Rawlings Gold Glove Awards, DJ LeMahieu (2014) and Nolan Arenado (2013-14)...prior to joining the big league staff, Cole was the manager at Triple-A Colorado Springs for three-and-a-half seasons...Cole was promoted to manage the Triple-A Sky Sox in midseason 2009, replacing Tom Runnells when he was named the Rockies bench coach...Cole has 12 years of experience as a manager in the Minor Leagues...prior to joining the Sky Sox, Cole was the manager of the Double-A Tulsa Drillers beginning in 2006...he led the Drillers to a first-half North Division title with a 41-29 record in his first season...prior to managing the Drillers, Cole was at the helm of Colorado's High-A Visalia Oaks for four seasons...Cole possesses a 794-830 (.489) record as a Minor League skipper...in 2003, he guided Visalia to a league and organizational-best 79-61 record (.564) en route to being named California League Manager of the Year...the Oaks swept Modesto in the opening round of the Cal League playoffs and then came within one win of advancing to the finals...prior to his managerial jobs, Cole spent six years as a Minor League coach, all with Colorado.

PLAYING CAREER: A former infielder, Cole played nine seasons of professional baseball, his last three with the Rockies' Triple-A affiliate in Colorado Springs from 1993-95...he began his professional career in 1987 after being selected in the third round of that June's draft by Kansas City...a former UNC-Charlotte star, Cole made his Major League debut Sept. 5, 1991 at Chicago and played nine games for the Royals that year.

PERSONAL: Cole has two children, Victoria, and Stu Jr...he makes his offseason home in Charlotte, N.C. with his wife, Maria.

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