Brees finds hidden gem in Cole

When Marshalltown Community College coach Chris Brees started to recruit West Des Moines Valley hitter Meghann Cole, the competition wasn’t too fierce.

Cole doesn’t have eye-popping stats. She may even have been under-used this past season on her high school team.

Brees though said he was sort of in a rush to get Cole’s signature on the dotted line because he thinks when other schools get a chance to see her, they will want her as bad as he does.

“I wanted to get her signed as soon as I could because there is no way she won’t get noticed when she is playing in some of the tournaments she will be playing in,” Brees said. “Her ability has not been tapped yet, and she is a perfect fit for this level.”

Cole may not have been given much of a chance at the high school level, but where she has stood out to Brees is on her club team, the 18 and under squad that plays for Iowa Power Volleyball Alliance.

“I am hoping to get a chance to show what I can really do at MCC,” said Cole, who signed her Letter of Intent officially Wednesday night. “Coach Brees was the first to reach out to me. I like the facilities and I like the small-school setting. I like being able to know everyone.”

Cole plays volleyball year round and can play any position in the front row when she gets to Marshalltown in August. Right now, she practices with her club team on Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays and plays in a tournament every other weekend.

She and the other IPVA members will play in Omaha, Neb., next weekend and future trips also include Denver, Colo., and Indianapolis, Ind.

“That club competition is invaluable,” said Brees, who will be starting his second season at MCC this upcoming August. “She plays in settings that have 70 courts and they are in a lot of pressure situations.

“She could be playing until mid-July and then start with us on August 1. The teams she will play against are high-level teams. That will help her make an easy transition into college.”

Cole expects to play right away at MCC. Brees said that shouldn’t be an issue if she continues to develop like she has over the last few months.

“I think she can be a starter on this team and play anywhere I need her to play in the front row,” Brees said. “She will play mostly middle hitter though.

“She hits a heavy ball and has control of her body. She also has a quick arm swing and jumps well.”

Cole first visited the MCC campus back in January when she was in town for one of Brees’ club tourneys.

Brees is the 16 and under coach for Iowa Power Volleyball Alliance.

“I plan on playing with my club team all summer and then will get here in August for good,” Cole said. “I hope to come back for some camps this summer though.”

When Cole is done playing at MCC, she hopes to move on to a four-year school and possibly play at the Division I level.

Brees said Grand View coach Tina Carter told him that he was getting a great player in Cole. Grand View just didn’t have room on its roster for a middle hitter.

So the potential to move on after MCC appears to be there for the Valley Tiger senior.

“I like to win,” Cole said. “I think I bring good enthusiasm to the game and will be a great teammate. I hope to be playing a lot at MCC and hope to get experience so I can play somewhere else after the two years there.”

Right now, Cole plans to study special education in college.