James Cole, a native of Mississippi, graduated from Magee High School then played basketball at Wesley College in Florence, Mississippi. He graduated from Pearl River Community College in 2002, the University of Southern Mississippi in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Coaching and Sport Administration, and William Carey University in 2017 with a Master of Education degree in Interscholastic Athletic Administration.
Since graduation he has held several positions. From 2004-05, he was an assistant boys & girls coach at Madison St. Joseph Catholic School in Madison, MS. From 2005-07, he was the head varsity girls coach at Madison St. Joseph. He served as head varsity boys coach at Greenwood High School in Greenwood, MS from 2007-10, were he averaged 20+ wins per season. From 2010-12, he was an assistant coach at New Horizon Preparatory (Mississippi Post Grad Academy) in Jackson, MS. From 2011-13, he was a basketball trainer and the head coach of the Mississippi D1 Ambassadors 17U travel team. From 2013-14, he was an assistant coach for the 2014 national champions Jones County Junior College. From 2014-2016, he was an assistant coach at Alabama Southern Community College. From 2017-18, he was an assistant coach at Millsaps College.
During his tenure as a coach, he was named Coach of the Year in 2009. Cole produced and helped produced All-Americans, All-Conference and All-State players. He’s helped numerous players receive scholarships to community colleges and universities. He has also been a basketball instructor at the University of Southern Mississippi and Colorado State University summer camps.
Cole and his wife, Chamekia, have three sons & a daughter − Joshua, Jordan, Camryn, & Chandler.