Nate Cole, Edison State Community College Director of Athletics and Student Life, was voted as the Michael Rickard OCCAC Athletics Director of the Year for 2019-20. This accolade comes after Cole guided the Chargers to their first OCCAC All-Sports Award in school history.
"I am truly honored to be named the OCCAC Athletics Director of the Year," said Cole. "This award belongs to the great coaches, student-athletes, and support team we have at Edison State."
"We had fantastic teams this year and were able to be successful in all sports. Our coaches and student-athletes received numerous awards from the OCCAC."
Edison State was impressive across the board, finishing inside the D-II top-3 for all three completed sports seasons, including a shared championship for women's basketball led by OCCAC Coach of the Year Tim McMahon. Sarah Pothast, a two-sport star for the Chargers, was selected for the All-OCCAC First Team in volleyball and basketball.
Since starting at Edison State in 2014, Cole has made monumental strides in his role as AD, overseeing all athletic functions, including a coaching staff of more than fifteen and over 100 student-athletes each academic year. Under his leadership, Edison State athletic offerings have expanded to include NJCAA baseball and softball.
Previous Charger AD's to corral this distinction include Chip Hare (2006-07) and the late Larry Leffel (1993-94).
To read more about the Chargers All-Sports Award or view a list of previous AD honorees, visit www.occac.org.