My coaching purpose is to instill love for life and sport in all athletes I mentor by encouraging integrity, resiliency and work ethic.



David Cole is well respected in the hockey community for both his knowledge of the game and his passion for teaching it.

After playing goal for the Williams College Ephmen, and graduating with a B.A. in Studio Art in 1984, Coach Cole settled in New York City where he continued to develop his music and art.  Ultimately, at the urging of his wife, Janet, he began his coaching career at Joe Espinosa Sports Club in Manhattan. 

After seven years coaching baseball, basketball, soccer, tennis, swimming and hockey there, Coach Cole accepted the manager of Fan Development position with the Atlanta Thrashers Hockey Club in 1998.  Then in 2001 he became the Director of Fan Development with the Tampa Bay Lightning Hockey Club.

In those NHL roles over an eleven-year period, Cole directed those team’s hockey camps, roller and street hockey clinics, sled hockey programs and high school hockey initiatives. Perhaps most importantly, his position enabled him to learn from some of the best hockey minds in the NHL, the NCAA and USA Hockey, such as: John Tortorella, Mike Sullivan, Jeff Reese, Curt Fraser, Bob Mason, Tim Army, Brian Durocher, Cap Raeder, Rick Tocchet, Digit Murphy, Shawn Walsh, Rob Stauber and Bob McCaig.

In the fall of 2009, Cole began a three-year tenure with the Blake School in Minneapolis, MN as the Director of Summer Programs. While at Blake, he also managed Blake Ice Arena, while serving as the Varsity Assistant and Goalie Coach under the legendary Head Coach, Brano Stankovsky. Since moving to the “State of Hockey,” Coach Cole has also coached at USA Hockey’s National Development Camps, Reebok High Performance, the Academy of Holy Angels, Centennial High School, Eden Prairie High School, East Ridge High School, Minneapolis High School, the St. Paul Blades, the Community Athletic Development Program (CADP), the Ice Cougars, the Minneapolis Storm, Miracle Gold, Minnesota Frost, Minnesota Machine, National Sports Center Development Programs, Orono Youth Hockey Association, St. Paul United and Wes Walz Hockey Schools. 

Now for the second time, after leading St. Paul United to their first State Tournament appearance in the program’s 20-year history, Coach Cole has returned to High School Head Coaching. The 2019 – 2020 season will mark his second as the Girls Head Hockey Coach of Centennial High School. His combined record at both programs is 50 - 31- 5.

In addition to working with numerous teams and organizations, David Cole Hockey provides private on ice instruction for goaltenders, forwards and defensemen, many who have continued their playing careers at the NCAA Division I and III levels. Coach Cole is a Level 5 USA Hockey Coach and a Level 3 Tenured USA Hockey Official with AHA, Minnesota District 1, Minnesota District 6, Os and WHAM.


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