The award is the highest honor given by the department. This award is given to the top senior male and female athletes at Bryan College. The Department of Athletics staff chooses the recipients. Consideration is given to those student-athletes who have made a significant contribution to the success of the team and model the character qualities of Christ on and off the field of play - who possess an unwavering commitment to "fight the good fight" of faith with the tenacity, might, and valor of the Lion of Judah.
A senior majoring in exercise health science from Crossville, Tennessee, Cole boasts of not only carrying a 3.83 G.P.A., but also having become Bryan's all-time leading scorer and rebounder. Cole produced 2,799 points, 1,235 rebounds, 110 assists, and 142 steals during his career.
As a senior, Cole has raked in first-team All-Appalachian Athletic Conference, conference Champions of Character team, Tennessee Sports Writers Association Player of the Week, and made the top 100-watch list for the Clarence "Bevo" Francis Award, which goes to the Small College Basketball player of the year. His 29.1 points per game tops NAIA Division II, while his 10.9 rebounding average ranks fifth nationally.
During his college career, Cole has been three-time first-team All-AAC, 10-time conference player of the week, conference freshman of the year, honorable-mention NAIA Division II All-American as a sophomore and league player of the year and third-team All-American as a junior. In 2014-15, Cole led NAIA Division II with 29.1 points and 11.3 rebounds a contest.
His efforts earned him the prestigious honor of the 2015-16 CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year for men's basketball in the College Division. The CoSIDA Academic All-America® College Division basketball teams include student-athletes from NAIA, Canadian, and two-year institutions.