David K.B. Cole has been a professional coach for over 25 years. He is native of Amherst, MA and played his college hockey at Williams. Following graduation, he coached a variety of sports at Joe Espinosa Sports Club in New York City for seven years. Then in 1998 Coach Cole began an11 year tenure in the NHL, where he led the Fan Development Departments of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Atlanta Thrashers. In those roles he directed the Lightning and Thrashers hockey camps, roller and street hockey clinics, sled hockey programs and high school hockey initiatives.
In 2009 Coach Cole moved to the Twin Cities. Since arriving he has been a goalie coach for the Blake School, Eden Prairie High School, East Ridge High School, Minneapolis High School, Minneapolis Storm, Orono Youth Hockey, the St. Paul Blades, St. Paul United and Holy Angels. While at Blake, he was also an Assistant Coach. At St. Paul United, as the head coach in his inaugural season, Coach Cole guided the club to its first State Tournament appearance in the program’s 20 year history, culminating in a fourth place finish in Class A. Coach Cole is also a national goalie coach and evaluator for USA Hockey, a level 5 USA hockey coach, a level 3 USA Hockey official, as well as a High School official with SPHOA. This is his first season with the Minnesota Revolution.
Coach Cole was born in Monrovia, Liberia and was raised in Amherst, MA. His other passions, besides hockey, are music and visual art. He is the drummer with the Shig and continues to produce original works of art. Coach Cole’s Mother, Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole, is the Director Emeritus of the National Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian, as well as the President Emeritus of Spelman College and Bennett College.