Diana Cole

Diana Cole joined USA Volleyball in 1998 as an administrator for the Coaching Accreditation Program under the direction of Debbie Hunter. In 2000 she became the coordinator for the Nike VolleyVan and assistant for the Grassroots Programs, both under the direction of John Kessel. Diana assumed the role of manager of CAP in 2002 and was the director from 2005-2017. Diana is a USAV CAP Level III accredited and SafeSport certified coach, and became a CAP cadre member in 2000, traveling several times a year to both teach and administrate at various coaching courses around the USA.

Cole’s background includes coaching stints at several schools, volleyball clinics and camps for players from the under-12’s to collegiate levels. She coached the high school varsity program at the Fountain Valley School, the Pikes Peak Volleyball Club's 16 & 17 national teams, and the 14’s team for the Colorado Crossfire VBC. Prior to coming to USAV, Cole served as the head women's volleyball coach at the University of South Dakota for five seasons, where in 1997 her team enjoyed their best conference finish in the history of the program to that date. Prior to that, Cole served as the head coach at Denver University for one year, during which DU achieved their first DII national ranking and tied for second in the conference. Before taking the reins at DU, and while serving as the assistant coach for the University of Northern Colorado women's volleyball program in Greeley (3 years), she was also the head coach of the UNC men's club team (4 years), and head coach for the Colorado Juniors Volleyball Club 18's team in Greeley. Before making the move into the collegiate coaching world, Cole coached volleyball, basketball, tennis, track and field, and taught physical education and health at Greeley West High School (CO) for two years and at Scott Community High School (KS) for 9 years, where her teams finished second and fourth place, respectively, at the state volleyball tournaments. 


She has also instructed for many years at different volleyball camps, including at USD, UNC, Texas Christian University, Air Force Academy, as well as various USAV and NorCo Volleyball Camps in Colorado.  Via a summer volleyball camp business, Cole has toured Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Arkansas, Texas and Tennessee to teach middle and high school players and coaches the game.


After playing varsity volleyball, basketball and tennis, and running track for Mitchell High School in Colorado Springs, Cole went on to play four years of varsity volleyball as a setter/outside hitter for the UNC Bears in Greeley, CO. Cole earned both a Bachelor's degree and later a Master's degree in Physical Education (with an emphasis in coaching) from UNC.


An auntie to two nephews and one niece, and great auntie to two nieces and one nephew, her hobbies include volleyball, bowling, reading, country music, traveling, golf and her two newest sports of flatwater kayaking and snorkeling. A native (since the age of 3, so that counts) of Colorado, she also enjoys camping, backpacking, hiking and snow shoeing. Puppy Navarro is always up for joining in the outdoor fun!