Skyhawk Men's Basketball | Cole Christian - Director of Basketball Operations
Cole Christian is in his first season as UT Martin's director of basketball operations in 2017-18.
Christian comes to the Skyhawks from Iowa State University, where he was a student manager under former Murray State head coach Steve Prohm for two seasons. Christian will coordinate academics, arrange team travel and team meals, oversee player development, direct basketball camps, manage social media and help with on-campus recruiting at UT Martin.
During Christian’s time at with the Cyclones, the program went 47-23 and extended its ranking in the national polls for 61 consecutive weeks. The Cyclones were ranked No. 2 in the nation in the USA Today Coaches’ poll on Dec. 7, 2015 – the highest ranking in school history. He worked closely with a trio of NBA Draft picks in Georges Niang (Golden State Warriors, second in Iowa State history with 2,228 points), Abdel Nader (Boston Celtics, 2016-17 NBA D-League Rookie of the Year) and Monte Morris (Denver Nuggets, Iowa State all-time leader with 768 assists and 225 steals).
Last season, the Cyclones won the Big 12 Conference Tournament and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. That came one year after Iowa State defeated No. 1 Oklahoma (the school’s first win over a top-ranked opponent since 1957) and made it to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament.
A native of Corydon, Iowa, Christian obtained his bachelor’s degree in marketing from Iowa State in 2017. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in family and consumer sciences at UT Martin.