COACHING CAREER: The 2019 season is Stu Cole's 24th with the Rockies organization, his seventh year as the Major League third base coach ... Cole also assists in handling infield instruction at the Major League level … during Cole's tenure, two Rockies infielders won multiple Gold Gloves: DJ LeMahieu (2014, 2017-18) and Nolan Arenado (2013-18) ... Prior to joining the Rockies' Major League staff, Cole was the manager at Triple-A Colorado Springs for parts of four seasons (2009-12) … promoted to manage the Sky Sox in the middle of the 2009 season, replacing Tom Runnells after Runnells was named the Rockies' Major League bench coach ... Has 12 years of experience as a manager in the Minor Leagues with a 794-830 (.489) record … 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... Made his Major League debut Sept. 5, 1991 at Chicago-AL and played nine games for the Royals that year … collected his first and only Major League hit Sept. 13, 1991, a 12th-inning single off Mariners pitcher Mike Jackson ... Cole began his professional career in 1987 after being selected in the third-round of the First-Year Player Draft by Kansas City.
PERSONAL: Stu and his wife Maria make their home in Charlotte, N.C. … they have two children, Stu Jr. and Victoria ... Attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte before being drafted.