After a season as assistant coach, Cole Farmer took the reins in fall 2012 as head coach of the Cyclones baseball team.
Farmer hails from southern Missouri, where for three years he coached Springfield Catholic High School and in that time went to the final four. He also conducted camps and was a hitting instructor at Extra Innings indoor training center. Farmer worked with a variety of professional players and Dick Birmingham, who coached the junior all-USA team.
In 2005, Farmer played ball at the College of DuPage—ranked third in the country—before attending Evangel University (Missouri) and eventually graduating from Missouri State University. In between, he played a year of arena football with the American Professional Football League’s Springfield WolfPack.
Although Farmer is young, he has studied the game and has big plans for the Cyclones. “I want Moraine Valley players, through our professionalism and not just wins and losses, to go to four-year institutions and play in the NCAA. I don’t want them to be done after two years here. I want them to continue on to a good school. I know what it’s like to be a junior college athlete and the challenges to play further at the Division I level. I want these players to work hard on the field and in class,” he said. “I’m young, but I think I have a leg up on how the game has progressed. I’m a student of the game, and I’m getting more local recruits. We can build a great program with locals.”
As for his coaching style, Farmer takes the run-and-gun approach, focusing on aggressiveness and putting the trust in players to make sound decisions on the field. “I want aggressive play. If a player is thrown out at home trying to score the winning run, then that’s okay because he was aggressive,” he said.
Farmer has a bachelor’s degree in multi-media journalism from Missouri State