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Stu Cole #39

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COACHING CAREER: Stu Cole begins his 21st season with the Rockies organization, his fourth as the Major League third base coach … Cole also assists in handling infield instruction at the Major League level … on Cole's watch, two Rockies infielders have won Gold Gloves, DJ LeMahieu (2014) and Nolan Arenado (2013-15) … prior to joining the big league staff, Cole was the manager at Triple-A Colorado Springs for three-and-a-half seasons (2009-12) … Cole was promoted to manage the Triple-A Sky Sox in midseason 2009, replacing Tom Runnells when he was named the Rockies bench coach … Cole has 12 years of experience as a manager in the Minor Leagues with a 794-830 (489) … 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 Class A Advanced Visalia Oaks for four seasons … Cole possesses a 794-830 (.489) record as a Minor League skipper … 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 … the Oaks swept Modesto in the opening round of the Cal League playoffs and then came within one win of advancing to the finals … 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 … he began his professional career in 1987 after being selected in the third round of the First-Year Player Draft by Kansas City … a former UNC-Charlotte star, Cole made his Major League debut Sept. 5, 1991 at Chicago 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 Michael Jackson.

PERSONAL: Cole has two children, Victoria, and Stu Jr. … he makes his offseason home in Charlotte, N.C. with his wife, Maria.

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