Catching up with Monmouth-Roseville Grad and Current ISU Women’s Basketball Assistant Coach Drew Cole


Story by Prairie Communications intern Kadin Rogers

The National Women’s Junior College tournament is going on right now down in Lubbock, Texas. Former Monmouth-Roseville Titan Drew Cole is currently at the event doing recruiting for the Illinois State women’s basketball program. Cole joined the Redbirds staff under head coach Kristen Gillespie in 2022, after a four year stint on the Abilene Christian basketball staff. Speaking on the WRAM morning show this morning, Coach Cole went over the state of college recruiting, and how COVID and the transfer portal have changed how recruiting is done.

Illinois State University women’s basketball assistant coach Drew Cole

In Drew Cole’s first year on ISU’s staff, the Lady Redbirds went 24-9 and won the Midwest Valley Conference regular season title, just missing out on a trip to the NCAA women’s tournament after falling to Drake University in the MVC tournament. For the full interview with Coach Cole, visit the Sports Podcast section of our website,

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