Cole Dewey of Raleigh, North Carolina, was recently named head men's basketball coach at Otero Junior College.

Dewey played NCAA Division 1 basketball for four years at Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina. He was the director of basketball operations/graduate assistant at Campbell. Upon leaving Campbell, Dewey was the assistant basketball coach at Garden City Community College in Garden City, Kansas. After his time at GCCC, he was the assistant basketball coach at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas. He is currently serving as the assistant men's basketball coach at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumway, Iowa.

"We are thrilled to welcome Cole Dewey to OJC as the head men's basketball coach," said OJC athletics director Gary Addington. "He is going to be an asset to the program and he brings a lot of useful coaching experience with him. We look forward to watching him and his team this season."

Dewey just completed his third season at Indian Hills. He joined the Indian Hills staff prior to the 2015-16 season after he was the assistant coach during the 2014-15 season at South Plains. The Texans finished the season 29-7 and won the Western Junior College Athletic Conference regular season title. South Plains was the National Junior College Athletic Association Region V tournament champions and qualified for the NJCAA Tournament where it lost in the title game.

At Garden City, he helped lead the team to its best record in five years, a 22-9 mark, and a third-place finish in the Jayhawk Community College Athletic Conference, its highest league finish in nine years. That squad also finished in the top two in the conference in nearly every defensive category and it was third in the country in defensive scoring average, with Dewey helping coach the defense.

"I am beyond thrilled to be chosen as the head men's basketball coach at OJC," Dewey said. "This is an incredible opportunity and I am confident in my ability to take on this role as head coach. I cannot wait to get to OJC and start working with the team."

A North Carolina native, Dewey was coached by his father at South Johnston High School in Four Oaks, North Carolina, and he was a three-time All-Conference guard who earned Academic all-Conference in each of his four seasons of varsity basketball. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in business administration from Campbell University. He also has a minor in sport management from Campbell.

At Indian Hills, Dewey had a very successful three years. In his first season, the team was 29-5, in the second season it went 29-5 again and in his third season, the team went undefeated until the national tournament which put the team at 33-1 for the season.

Several of Dewey's players have signed with schools in Colorado. The list includes Shane Gatling at the University of Colorado, Andre Spight, who played for Dewey at South Plains and just finished his senior season at the University of Northern Colorado. He also coached Emmanuel Omogbo at South Plains. Omogbo went on to play at Colorado State University.

For more information, contact Addington at (719) 384-6859 or