Louis D. Cole '78
Hometown: Decatur, GA
Year Inducted: 1988
Other Sports Played: Track & Field
When measuring success on the football field and in the classroom, Lou Cole would be an excellent role model. At Brown Stadium, he was a two-time second team All-Ivy linebacker, who captained both the freshman (1974) and varsity (1977) teams. He completed his playing career with a record of 21-5-1, including an Ivy League title in 1976. He was an ECAC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against the University of Rhode Island as a senior and a two-time honorable mention All-New England selection. In 1977, he was cited by Street and Smith and Playboy as one of the top ten players in the Ivy League. His favorite highlights came from the Ivy Championship season, when he made 15 tackles and caused three fumbles, including one in the end zone on Jim Kubacki, at Harvard, before a crowd of 40,000, which included his family. His other favorite was catching a Columbia running back from behind to preserve a victory and the Ivy League Championship. While he was talented on the playing field, he was also a success with the books as well. In 1978, he was a recipient of the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship for outstanding athletic and academic achievement and also nominated for the Rhodes Scholarship. That same year, he was also chosen by President Howard Swearer to represent the student-athletes as one of 20 students and 20 faculty members to review the curriculum. He also completed three years in track as a javelin thrower, earning All-Ivy honors as a sophomore. Cole had an opportunity to pursue a pro-football career with the Dallas Cowboys, who drafted him in the supplemental draft, but decided to study medicine instead. Today, Lou is an emergency medicine physician in Decatur, Georgia.