Caroline Cole, "Carrie", is in her third year as the assistant coach for the Lady Vol golf team. Cole, a former Tennessee golfer, returned to Tennessee after serving as an operations employee for the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) and competing as a member of the FUTURES Golf Tour, the official developmental tour of the LPGA. Cole's responsibilities at Rocky Top include assisting Head Coach Judi Pavon with coaching, daily practices and administrative duties such as coordinating recruiting and team travel arrangements.
"Carrie is a great assistant coach," Pavon said. "I feel so fortunate to have her at Tennessee. She is extremely self-motivated and has high goals set for herself. Over the past three years, she has become very confident and comfortable in her role and has learned to be both friend and foe when necessary."
Cole's second year as assistant coach saw the team steadily improve to three tournament wins during the season, including a record-setting team total at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invite in Honolulu, Hawaii, (855) and a second consecutive NCAA regional title. Her pupil, Marci Turner, was victorious in all Lady Vol team wins last season and was named Golfweek Player of the Week on three occasions. Turner was named to the All-SEC first team and was a second-team National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) All-American. During the 2005-06 she also saw senior Golda Johansson and freshman Nicole Smith earn second-team All-SEC honors.
In her first year as an assistant at Tennessee (2004-05), she helped the squad earn a tie for sixth place at the NCAA Championships with a program-best score of 1187. UT had qualified for the NCAAs by virtue of winning its initial regional crown, as it shared first place with UCLA. Overall, the Big Orange turned in nine top-five finishes, including the win at regionals and two runner-up efforts.
During her stint with the AJGA, Cole was involved with numerous aspects of tournament operations. She traveled to each tournament to set up the site, assisted in running the event and served as an on-site rules official. Other duties included photography, video and supplying tournament results to national media outlets. The highlight of Cole's summer with the AJGA was when she was named the assistant captain for the East Canon Cup Team. They went on to defeat the west team and win the 2004 Canon Cup.
Prior to her employment with the AJGA, Cole played two seasons on the FUTURES Golf Tour. After competing in 10 events during the 2003 season, she went on to become fully exempt in 2004. While playing on Tour, she was an active member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) who met each week a tournament was held.
Cole graduated from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor's degree in business marketing. She was a four-year letterwinner for the Lady Vols and earned honorable mention All-SEC honors during her junior campaign. She claimed three top-20 finishes in her career and earned a spot on the SEC Academic Honor Roll as a junior and senior. During the summer of 2000, she took third place at the State Farm Collegiate Players Tour National Championship and also won the San Antonio CPT event.
During Cole's senior year at Mansfield High School (Texas), she led the squad to the 1998 5A UIL State Championship en route to a third-place team finish and seventh-place individual effort. Cole was honored as the 1998 Dallas-Fort Worth Player of the Year and was presented the prestigious Fighting Tiger Heart award by MHS. Cole was the three-time team captain and three-time team MVP of the golf team and won more than 30 titles as a junior, including the co-championship of the 1997 PING Texas State Junior. She competed in the 1997 Junior World and the 1997 U.S. Girls Championship. She was an alternate for the 1997 U.S. Women's Open and was given the 1992 Texas Gladiator Tour Sports Person of the Year.
A native of Mansfield, Texas, Cole enjoys the Dallas Mavericks and Dallas Cowboys. She also bleeds orange and loves going to all University of Tennessee athletic events. She enjoys her job, snow skiing, going out on the lake, reading, listening to music and spending time with family and friends. Cole also enjoys caddying, as she carried the bag for her former Lady Vol teammate, Tina Schneeberger, in the 2003 U.S. Women's Open. She has been involved with the FCA since she was in high school and enjoys volunteering at her church when she is in town. Cole and her two sisters, Melissa, 29, and Emily, 19, are the daughters of Michael and Sandra Cole, who currently reside in Texas.