Education

Austin Cole was born in Toms River, New Jersey on August 12, 1986. The second son to Kim and Eugene Cole, Austin is a middle child and currently attends the University of Florida. He first attended Clemson University as a Computer Engineering major but transferred following his freshman year. Austin is now in his fourth year of college and is on track to graduate in Fall of 2008 with a BA in Journalism.

Austin's family moved from New Jersey to Tampa, Florida in 1989 because of his father's company relocating him. His father, Eugene, was involved in sales of computer systems and technologies at the time. His mother, Kim, is a CPA who had her own accounting firm upon moving to Tampa.Austin attended Corpus Christi Catholic School for grades Kindergarten through 5th grade before transferring to Benito Middle School for grades six through eight. He went on to attend the International Baccalaureate Program at King Senior High School. At King, Austin participated in the varsity football team, Junior Statesmen of America, Speech and Debate, Key Club, and Thespians.

Following high school, Austin's family moved to West Palm Beach in 2005 due to another job move by his father as well as his mother taking a position at Florida Atlantic University. Eugene moved into sales of graduation supplies including rings, caps, gowns, and invitations. His mother took a position as Assistant Comptroller for the university.

Hobbies

Austin enjoys all types of sports including football, soccer, basketball, baseball, and hockey. His favorite team is the Tampa Bay Rays and his favorite player on the team is Carl Crawford. As a diehard Rays fan Austin attends about 15 games a year, travelling from Gainesville to St. Petersburg for the games. Austin is also a fan of the UF football, basketball, and baseball teams and attends whenever he can obtain tickets.

Austin's passion as child was soccer and became a fan of the English soccer club Liverpool at a young age. His favorite player on the team, and the reason he was so interested in the club, is Michael Owen. One of Austin's lifelong goals is to attend a World Cup tournament for the entire month duration in another country.

Music

Austin considers music to play a very important and vital role in his life. He has been attending concerts since seeing Michael Jackson in the early 1990's. His musical taste has a broad range and includes lots of genres including Pop, Rock, Punk, Comedic, Progressive, and Country to name a few. His favorite concert was a gift for graduating high school and he saw Eric Clapton in Tampa.


You can reach Austin at accole@ufl.edu