LeTourneau University

LeTourneau University Athletic Department
2100 S. Mobberly Ave Longview, TX 75601
Division 3 Texas South
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Collin Cone

Collin Cone was hired as LeTourneau University men's soccer coach on Feb. 27, 2018.

In his second season with the YellowJackets, Cone's team won one more game than his first season. The Jackets went 7-10-2 overall, 5-6 in the American Southwest Conference. The YellowJackets qualified for the ASC Championship Tournament. His team knocked off No. 7 Hardin-Simmons, 3-1, in the regular season. The YellowJackets earned six All-ASC honors.

Cone’s first year at LeTourneau saw improvement as his team had the most single-season wins since 2011, going 6-9-2 overall, 5-4-1 in the ASC. The YellowJackets doubled the number of wins from the previous season, defeated Hardin-Simmons for the second time in school history, had the most ASC wins since 2011, made the ASC Championship postseason tournament for the first time since 2011, and finished in the top six of the league.

Prior to joining the YellowJackets family, Cone spent three years at Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana. He played a key role in the recruiting efforts for the Lancers while also working with the goalkeepers. In his final season at Grace, the Lancers won the Crossroads League Championship for the first time in 25 years, and made it to the NAIA National Championship for the first time in 35 seasons. Cone's time at Grace as a coach was marked by two NCCAA National Tournaments and two regional tournament titles.

In addition to coaching at Grace College, Cone also spent three years as a student-athlete for the Lancers as a three-year starter. As a senior, Cone posted seven shutouts in the regular season to propel the Lancers to a third place finish in the Crossroads League, and was named to the all-conference team.

During his junior year, Cone was honored nationally as the NAIA Defensive Player of the Week after shutting out Indiana Wesleyan despite the Lancers playing a man down.

Cone's time as a student-athlete at Grace College included two straight trips to the National Christian College Athletic Association National Tournament, which marked the first time that Grace College made back-to-back appearances since the 1982-83 seasons. Cone registered a 23-16-7 mark in goal for the Lancers, making 203 saves and posting 15 shutouts.

Cone holds a master’s degree in physical education with a specialization in coaching from Ball State University. He also holds a United States Soccer Federation D License for coaching, as well as the Premier Diploma (Distinguished Pass), Advanced National Diploma, Director of Coaching Diploma, Goalkeeping 1, 2 and 3 Diploma, Foundations of Coaching Diploma and Futsal Level 1 Diploma from the United Soccer Coaches, formerly known as the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

He was born and raised in Central Africa to missionary parents who served overseas. He attended Rainforest International School in Yaoundé, Cameroon, where he graduated in 2009.

Cone resides in Longview with his wife, Anna.

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Sam Cole

Sam Cole was named an assistant men’s soccer coach for LeTourneau University in 2019.

In his first season, Cole was part of a team that went 7-10-2 overall and 5-6 in the American Southwest Conference. The YellowJackets advanced to the ASC Championship Tournament. LeTourneau knocked off No. 7 Hardin-Simmons, 3-1, in the regular season.

Cole is a 2013 graduate of Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana, where he was a mainstay for the Lancer defense for four seasons. Sam graduated with a bachelor’s degree in intercultural studies and played alongside current YellowJacket head coach Collin Cone. As a player, Cole appeared in two NCCAA regional championships, won a NCCAA regional championship, and made two NCCAA National Tournaments with the 2011 and 2012 teams.

Cole will work with the varsity team at LeTourneau, and lead the way for the reserve program. He will also be involved with monitoring academics, recruiting, and training players in smaller groups to help develop individual skills.

Cole currently holds a United States Soccer Federation D License, and resides in Longview.

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