L. C. Cole

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L. C. Cole
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1956-01-03) January 3, 1956 (age 61)
Springfield, Ohio
Alma mater Nebraska
Playing career
1978–1979 Nebraska
Position(s) Defensive end
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1984–1985 Ball State (assistant)
1986–1987 Kansas State (assistant)
1988–1989 Wisconsin (OLB)
1990 Toledo (RB)
1991–1992 Morgan State (DC)
1993 Eastern Michigan (assistant)
1994–1995 Cincinnati (RB)
1996–1999 Tennessee State
2000–2002 Alabama State
2006–2007 Sidney Lanier (AL) HS
2008 Texas Southern (DC)
2009–2010 Stillman
2011 Concordia (DC)
2012–2013 Wilcox Central (AL) HS
2014 Central High School (Phenix City, Alabama) (DC)
2015-present Fairfield (AL) HS
Head coaching record
Overall 41–48 (14 wins vacated)
Tournaments 0–2 (NCAA D-I-AA playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
2 OVC (1998, 1999)
2× OVC Coach of the Year (1998, 1999)

Lawrence "L. C." Cole (born January 3, 1956) is an American football coach and former player. He was the 18th head football coach at Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee and he held that position for four seasons, from 1996 until 1999. His career coaching record at Tennessee State was 28–18.[1]

After a successful, but controversial, stint as head coach at Alabama State University, Cole revived the storied football program at Montgomery, Alabama's Sidney Lanier High School; during Cole's two years at Lanier, the Poets won the City Championship each year, and they never lost to a city opponent. Lanier reached the state playoffs each year, making it to the quarterfinals in 2006. On December 3, 2008, Cole was announced as Stillman College's third head coach since the reinstatement of the program in 1999 in replacing Greg Thompson.[2] Following the 2010 season, Cole was fired as head coach, and replaced with Stillman alumnus Teddy Keaton.[3]


Lawrence Cole has a wife, Mitzi Ann Parker Cole, and a son, Lawrence Timothy Clay Cole. His wife was born in Madison, Wisconsin. His son is from Nashville, Tennessee. His parents are Ruby Cole and Timothy Cole. He was the fourth of nine brothers.[citation needed]

Cole went to the University of Nebraska 1975-1979 and coached there through 1982 under Tom Osborne.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Rank#
Tennessee State Tigers (Ohio Valley Conference) (1996–1999)
1996 Tennessee State 4–7 3–5 T–6th
1997 Tennessee State 4–7 4–3 T–4th
1998 Tennessee State 9–3 6–1 1st L NCAA Division I-AA First Round 12
1999 Tennessee State 11–1 7–0 1st L NCAA Division I-AA First Round 11
Tennessee State: 28–18 20–9
Alabama State Hornets (Southwestern Athletic Conference) (2000–2002)
2000 Alabama State 0–5 (6–5) 0–2 (5–2) T–1st (Eastern)
2001 Alabama State 0–4 (8–4) 0–1 (6–1) 1st (Eastern)
2002 Alabama State 6–6 2–5 5th (Eastern)
Alabama State: 6–15 (20–15) 2–8 (13–8)
Stillman Tigers (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) (2009–2010)
2009 Stillman 4–7 2–7 9th
2010 Stillman 3–8 2–7 T–8th
Stillman: 7–15 4–14
Total: 41–48 (55–48)
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title


  1. ^ Tennessee State University coaching records Archived July 28, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Carroll, Andrew (December 4, 2008). "L.C. Cole is Stillman Tigers’ new head football coach". The Tuscaloosa News. 
  3. ^ Carroll, Andrew (December 8, 2010). "Keaton enthusiastic about Stillman College job". The Tuscaloosa News.