Michael Sullivan | Women’s Head Coach
Cole began coaching for the UC Irvine Men’s Rowing team after graduating as a 5-year oarsman from the university. He began and finished his rowing career with A.J. as his coach, who mentored him not only as a coach, but as a role model. Cole is approaching his 3rd year as an assistant coach at UC Irvine, and strives to pass on the lessons, success, and positive impact that rowing had on his own life.
Cole was born and raised in Ventura, California, and has a twin sister and older brother, both of whom went on to be collegiate athletes as well. Rowing was completely unknown to Cole before A.J. found him on campus and asked him if he wanted to come out to a practice. That was all it took for him to catch the bug. Cole went on to win gold medals at both WIRA and ACRA, and later to become a part of the elite group of rowers training on the U23 National Team.
Nowadays Cole balances a career in Civil Engineering while coaching alongside Austin Brooks. They both strive to bring the Irvine Rowing program to its full potential, potential they have both seen since starting their legacy.