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Grays Harbor announces Alonzo Cole as men's basketball coach

Alonzo Cole

Grays Harbor College's Choker men's basketball team will be coached by veteran player Alonzo Cole of Aberdeen. He takes over from Jordan Altman, whose resignation was announced earlier after three years at the College.

 Cole, a small business owner, was a high school All-American football and basketball player in Flint MI, considered one of the top 10 recruited high school basketball players in the nation in 1969, the year he graduated. He played collegiate ball at Kentucky's Morehead State University in the Ohio Valley Conference. As a freshman, he set a national rebound record – 36 rebounds in one game. Cole continued his playing career in Barcelona for Spain's team in the European basketball league. Two knee surgeries forced him to quit as a player.

 "I am really looking forward to coaching the Chokers," Cole remarked, as he came on campus to meet individually with returning players. "I have three goals -- to develop character among the players, focus on their education, and to have fun playing basketball.

 "I also hope to accomplish a winning season," he added.

 In making the announcement about the new coach, Jason Hoseney, GHC Vice President for Student Services, commented, "Coach Cole brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the GHC basketball program. I know he will prove to be an outstanding mentor and guide for our student-athletes."

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