Jeff Cole suffered a reoccurring shoulder injury during the 2011 preseason that kept him out of the Princeton lineup until the Southern Championships in November. A team co-captain, Cole returned to the water and drew three ejections in a win over Washington & Jefferson to open Southerns. He wouls added two goals in the first round of Easterns in a win over Iona. Cole added two steals and eight drawn ejections in his eight games played. He started both games of the NCAA Championships and had a steal in Princeton's win over UC San Diego for third place.
Cole scored 15 goals in 25 games as a junior and was one of eight Tigers to reach double figures. Cole added four assists and 13 steals on the year and led the tea m by drawing 32 ejections. A member of CWPA All-Academic Team, Cole scored his first goal of the season in a win over Harvard and then registered three-straight two-goal performances in wins over Johns Hopkins, Fordham and Brown. He added another two goals in a loss at Bucknell and then added a goal and an assist in a win over George Washington. Cole added two goals in a loss at Navy and scored his final goal of the season against Navy as Princeton defeated the Midshipmen in the Eastern title game.
Cole was Princeton's second leading scorer as a sophomore with 41 goals in 29 games, ranking just three goals behind team-leader Eric Vreeland. Additionally, Cole added three assists and 14 steals, while drawing a team-high 38 ejections. Cole was a first-team All-Southern and first-team All-Eastern Tournament selection. He was also named to the ACWPC and CWPA All-Academic Teams. Cole scored a team-high six goals in a win over Pacific and earned CWPA Southern Player of the Week honors in mid-October when he scored 13 goals in Princeton four games at the SoCal Invitational. Cole recorded 10 multiple-goal games, adding four-goal performances in wins over Johns Hopkins, Redlands and Bucknell.
Cole ranked third on the team in scoring during his freshman season as he scored 28 goals. He also contributed nine assists and 20 steals, while drawing a team-high 38 ejections. Cole scored a season-high three goals on four occasions, in wins over Gannon and MIT, and in losses to Bucknell and UC San Diego. Cole scored goals in 17 of the 27 games he appeared in.
Cole attended Santa Barbara High School and won CIF titles his freshman and senior years. Cole was a three-year varsity water polo player and swimmer. He earned first-team All-CIF honors his junior year and was the CIF Division 2 Player of the Year and a first-team All-America as a senior. Cole also won a gold medal at Junior Olympics for the 18-and-under division with his club team in 2006.
| Career Highs
|| 6, vs. Pacific (10/11/08)
|Assists||2, 2 times, Most Recent at MIT (11/20/09)|
||5, vs. Harvard (9/29/07)|
| Ejections Drawn
||4, 3 times, Most Recent at Bucknell (11/7/09)|
|Blocks|| 2, vs. Bucknell (10/24/08)