Jerry Cole Dies at Age 74

The Anniston Star reports that long time JSU Athletics Director Jerry Cole passed away at age 74. Mr. Cole is rightfully referred to as a legend at JSU. As the Star reported, he presided over a golden era of JSU athletics where facilities were built, championships were won and lifetime memories were made.

Mr. Cole personified the qualities about JSU that made me realize attending JSU was one of the best decisions of my life and why I love the school 25 years later. He was part of the “friendly” of the friendliest campus in the South. He treated everyone like they were important. It did not matter if you were a big money donor or just a fan that cared about JSU, a star quarterback or a freshman on the tennis team. If you had an idea, his office was open and he was happy to share a Coke with you and talk about it.

The Anniston Star noted that success followed Jerry Cole, the Birmingham News referred to him as a true “gentleman.” I’ll add Great Gamecock to the list. He will be missed.

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