Director of Boys' Recruitment
Cole Mortland joined WAVE in 2019 and became the Director of Boys’ Recruitment in 2021. In 2022, Cole was named the Volunteer Assistant Coach for the UC San Diego men's volleyball program.
Cole began his coaching career for Balboa Bay Volleyball Club in 2012, and concluded his time there in 2019 after seven seasons. During his time with Balboa Bay, he was a coach for four national championship teams: 15 Open in 2014, 18 Open in 2016, 18 Open in 2017, and 16 Open in 2019, as well as one bronze medal in 18 Open in 2015. Over the course of his seven seasons with Balboa Bay, Cole trained 18 USAV BJNC All-Americans & helped send over 25 players to play collegiate volleyball.
For 2013 and 2014 high school seasons, Cole served as the assistant coach for the Laguna Beach Boys Volleyball varsity team. During his time with the Breakers, he helped guide the team to two Orange Coast League championships as well as a D-III state championship in 2014.
Cole has also served as a coach and evaluator in the USA Volleyball High Performance pipeline.
Cole believes in the critical importance of mastering the fundamentals. He also believes that lessons of hard work and teamwork learned in the gym can and should be applied to the real world. Cole is a strong believer that the personal connections made through the game of volleyball are what make coaching truly rewarding.
Personally, Cole played as a setter for Epic Volleyball Club from 2003 to 2008. He was coached by fellow WAVE coach Darrell Dilmore during his senior season, winning a silver medal in the 18 Open Division at the 2008 USAV BJNC. Cole was named an All-American at the tournament.
Cole played for Mt. Carmel High School from 2005 to 2008, serving as starting setter on varsity for his last three seasons. At Mt. Carmel, Cole was a three-time first team All-CIF selection. In his senior season, Cole served as captain and led his team to a CIF San Diego Section DII Championship.
In college, Cole played club volleyball for UC Berkeley from 2008 to 2012, serving as captain his senior year. He was a first team all-NCCVL selection in 2012 and helped lead his team to a silver medal at the 2012 NCVF National Championships. At the conclusion of his senior season, Cole was named Runner-Up for Cal Club Sports Male Athlete of the Year.
Cole holds a BA from University of California, Berkeley and a MBA from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. He currently works full-time in commercial real estate as a member of the marketing team at CBRE.