• Basic Information
  • Awards & Honors
  • Publications
  • Areas of Interest
  • Professional Affiliations
  • Presentations

Rick Coles

Professor of Exercise Science, Assistant Coach of Football

[email protected]
Office: Storzer 210

Basic Information


  • B.A. in history and physical education, Coe College
  • M.A. in physical education, University of Northern Iowa

Courses Taught

  • Kinesiology
  • Motor Learning
  • Physiology of Exercise
  • Senior Seminar
  • Sport Psychology
  • Theories of Coaching
  • Various activity classes and methods classes

Awards & Honors

  • Inducted into the Linn-Mar (IA) High School Athletic Hall of Fame, February 2016
  • Inducted into the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Coaches Hall of Fame, March 29, 2014


  • “Toss Bootleg in the Triple Option Offense”, Point After II, Spring 2014.
  • “Thoughts On Offensive Line Play In Triple Option Football,” Point After II, September 2011
  • “Midline Triple Option,” Point After II, December 2007
  • “Midline Option vs. Various Fronts,” Point After II, 2006
  • “Extra Point-Field Goal, The Neglected Special Team,” Point After II, 2006
  • “Drive Block Teaching Progressiion,” Point After II, 2005
  • “Teaching Progression for Pass Protection, American Football Coaches Association, Summer 2003
  • “Pass Protection Teaching Progression,” Point After II, 2003
  • Special Teams Practice Organization,” Point After II, 2001
  • “Attacking Fronts with the ‘Slotbone’ Triple Option,” Point After II, 1996
  • “‘Slotbone’ Triple Option at Lawrence University,” Point After II, 1994
  • “Option Mis-Direction Fullback Trap,” Scholastic Coach, June 1989
  • “Coe College Summer Strength Training for Football,” NSCA Journal, May 1986


Areas of Interest

  • Kinesiology and motor learning
  • Exercise physiology
  • Option football

Professional/Scholarly Affiliations

  • Chair of the Division III Assistant Coaches Committee of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA)
  • Wisconsin Football Coaches Association


  • Coles, R. (2020). Football Coaches conference, Minneapolis, MN.