Cole began his refereeing career in Vernon BC, where he took his small sided and entry level courses. He then developed his skills for a few years, doing games primarily as an assistant referee and attending his first A-cup provincials in Vancouver. Cole was fortunate to have the opportunity to take the Regional course when he was 16. After high school he was lucky to move to Victoria and attend UVIC. Cole notes that he “became a part of the wonderful soccer community on the island and it really helped my development doing CIS, BCSPL and most of all VISL games on the island”.
In 2017, Cole received a nomination to upgrade to the Provincial referee level in Montreal in addition to being selected to attend the Dallas Cup in April. Both experiences we’re incredible, and gave him the chance to officiate some incredible matches including one between FC Barcelona U16 vs. Fullerton Rangers U16. “I am thankful for all the help I’ve received to get to this point, and hope my hard work and maybe some good luck could land me refereeing professional matches in the future.” Cole was just awarded a scholarship by VISRA, (Vancouver Island Soccer Referees’ Association) that is partially sponsored by the 3 local soccer associations.
Some Additional Facts
– Student at the UVic Gustavson School of Business to earn Bachelor of Commerce degree.
– Regular participant of the BC Soccer Candidates Program.
– Started refereeing 8 years ago
– Took Mentorship course in 2014 and mentors young officials on a continual basis.
– Co-teaching entry level course at local association.
Cole is coming off a weekend where he officiated the George Smith U21 Cup Final as the Centre Referee, followed the next day as an A/R for the Jackson Cup Final.
An excellent weekend by all accounts.
Cole has done many games for the VISL this year; some very difficult games too. He has learned a lot, and we believe has come a long way in developing as a referee. We have no doubt that his officiating will go to the next level and would not be surprised if he moves away at some point for further advancement. When and if that happens, we will wish him all the best – and remind him that he can always come back down the road!