Men's Basketball Coaches
OJC Men's Basketball Head Coach
Cole Dewey of Raleigh, N.C., was recently named Head Men’s Basketball Coach at OJC. Dewey played Division I basketball for four years at Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C. Dewey was the director of basketball operations / graduate assistant at Campbell University. Upon leaving Campbell University he was the assistant basketball coach at Garden City Community College, in Garden City, Kan. After his time at Garden City Community College, Dewey 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 Ottumwa, Iowa.
Dewey just completed his third season at Indian Hills. Dewey joined Indian Hills Community College prior to the 2015-16 season after he was an assistant coach during the 2014-15 season at South Plains College in Texas. The Texans finished the year 29-7 and won the WJCAC regular season title. They were Region 5 tournament champions and qualified for the NJCAA national tournament, where they lost in the title game in 2015.
At Garden City Community College, he helped lead the team to its best record in five years, a 22-9 mark, and a third-place finish in the Jayhawk Conference; their highest league finish in nine years. That squad also finished in the top two in the conference in nearly every defensive category, and was third in the country in defensive scoring average, with Dewey helping coach the defense.
A North Carolina native, Dewey was coached by his father at South Johnston High School and was a three-time all-conference guard who earned academic all-conference honors in each of his four seasons of varsity basketball. Dewey earned his bachelors and masters degrees in business administration from Campbell University. He also has a minor in sport management from the North Carolina college.
At Indian Hills, Dewey had a very successful three years. In his first year there the team was 29-5, second year 29-5 again, and his third year 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. To name a few: Shane Gatling has signed to play for the Colorado Buffaloes. Andre Spight played for Dewey at South Plains College and just finished his senior season at the University of Northern Colorado. Dewey coached Emmanuel Omogbo when he was at South Plains College. Omogbo went on to play at Colorado State University.
OJC Men's Basketball Assistant Coach
Coach Zach Towle
Zach Towle begins his first year as Assistant Men’s Basketball coach at Otero Junior College. Coach Towle most recently served as the Assistant Basketball Coach at Mineral Area College where the team went 23-9 last season. Prior to coaching at Mineral, Towle was an assistant at Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Neb. where he spent the previous four years focusing on player development and recruitment. Towle helped lead the Hawks to a combined record of 80 wins, 45 losses, and three consecutive winning seasons; a first in Northeast history.
In 2014-2015, Coach Towle played an integral role in the development of major players: Chima Moneke, Buay Tuach and Jalen Bradley. Moneke is a current star at UC Davis where he was named the top Division 1 transfer receiving the Riley Wallace Award. Tuach went on to play at Loyal Marymount, and Bradley joined Oral Roberts University.
In 2016-2017 Coach Towle led the Northeast Hawks to a record of 21-10, finishing third in the ICCAC. Northeast averaged over 93.6 points per game. Lead scorers Vance Johnson and Marty Hill were both named ICCAC All-Conference first team honorees, and Kyle McKinley was named an ICCAC All-Conference second team honoree. Vance Johnson went onto University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Marty Hill Evansville University, and Kyle McKinley Louisiana Tech University.
Zach Towle is a 2009 graduate of Concordia Academy in Roseville, Minn. The Maplewood, Minn., native was a four-year starter at Concordia Academy where he scored over 2,500 career points with multiple games scoring over 40 points. The three-point specialist holds a state record for 373 three-pointers made during his career, which also landed him on the high school national scoring list. Towle still holds school records in points, steals, and assists. Towle earned a bachelor’s degree in sports and recreation management from Ashford University in 2016, and is currently completing his master’s degree in business administration.