Women's Gymnastics

Jessica Cole
Jessica Cole


Knoxville, Tenn.

High School:



Knoxville Gymnastics Training Center

2004 - Junior: Competed on vault and uneven bars for the Illini...Hit 18-of-20 (.900) routines on the season...Posted season highs of 9.700 on vault at Auburn and 9.750 on bars at the NCAA South Central Regional meet.

2003 - Sophomore: Transferred from the University of Oklahoma...Competed in all 11 meets for the Illini, the last 10 of which were all-around...Tied the school record (9.925) while winning vault and set a career high of 39.075 in the all-around to finish sixth at the State of Illinois Classic...Took third on bars with a career-best 9.800 and second in the all-around with a 39.050 vs. Ohio State on 2/1...Equaled her career-best bars score with another 9.800 three weeks later at Michigan State...Posted a career-best score of 9.750 on beam vs. Auburn, Ball State and NIU on 1/17...Finished second on bars at SEMO on 2/8...Posted 16 top-five finishes and posted career-highs in four of five events in 2003...Academic All-Big Ten selection.

2002 - Freshman: Member of the University of Oklahoma gymnastics team ...Competed primarily on vault and bars and was a letterwinner for the Sooners...Scored a career-high 9.775 on the vault four separate times, at Maui-the first meet of the year, the Texas Women's Meet, vs. Iowa State and vs. Arizona...Competed in the all-around one time during the season scoring 38.525 while setting career highs on the bars (9.800), balance beam (9.100) and floor exercise (9.850).

Qualified for regional competition from 1996-2001...Was an alternate to the Level 10 National competition in 2001...Coached by Adam Byrd and Angie Vickery at Knoxville Gymnastics Training Center.

Daughter of Mike and Diane Cole...Her grandfather, Herbert Glazer played football for Illinois from 1933-36...Jessica was a varsity swimmer all four years she was at Farragut High School... Enjoys swimming, climbing, reading and listening to music.

Getting to know Jess:
Nickname: Jess
Favorite Athlete: Lance Armstrong
Favorite Movie: Empire Records
Favorite Sports Movie: Rudy
Favorite TV Show: Will and Grace
Favorite Band: Smashing Pumpkins
Favorite Book: The Catcher in the Rye
Favorite thing about Coach Bob: How supportive and encouraging he is both in and out of the gym.
Any pre-meet superstitions? I try not to have them
At what age did you start gymnastics? 2
What is your favorite place on campus? The Quad
Who is your dream date? Robin Williams
If you could be on any reality TV show, what would it be? Road Rules
The funniest person on the team is? Cara Pomeroy
My best memory as an Illini is? The level of excitement right before a meet, and watching the chief do his dance!
Three words that describe me are? Driven, strong-willed, energetic
I chose Illinois because? It just felt right.

Cole's career highs
Vault - 9.925 at State of Illinois Classic, 3/23/03
Bars - 9.800 - three times, last at Michigan State, 2/22/03
Beam - 9.750 vs. Auburn, Ball State, NIU, 1/17/03
Floor - 9.850 at Texas Women's, 1/26/02***
AA - 39.075 at State of Illinois Classic, 3/23/03

***while competing for Oklahoma