Cole Kraft returned to Milwaukee and joined the UWM staff as an assistant coach prior to the start of the 2013 season. Cole was a standout player for UWM and most recently was the third base coach. Originally from Menomonie, WI, he earned a scholarship to Winona State University in Minnesota for Football and Baseball. After one year there, Cole transferred to Milwaukee to focus in efforts on just baseball.
He spent four years as a Panther (2008-11), finishing his Milwaukee career ranked third in program history in games (204), third in hits (250), third in doubles (52), fourth in at bats (734), fourth in runs (142), fifth in total bases (342) and sixth in steals (31).
Kraft spent two seasons playing professionally for the Rockland Boulders of the Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball (Can-Am League). In 139 games, he recorded 125 hits, scored 68 runs, hit six home runs and drove in 62 more.
Cavaiani on Kraft: "About a week or so after I met with Luke Curtis, I got an 'out of the blue' text message from a number I didn't know. It was Cole telling me his wife had taken a job at a hospital in Oshkosh and that they were moving to Neenah and he was interested in getting involved with what I was doing. Quite frankly, this shocked and excited me at the same time as I had a pro player and division 1 coach of 5 years, contact me. Usually, it's the other way around or really doesn't ever happen at all with someone of Cole's pedigree. Cole had an amazing career and one that took him from playing college football to playing D1 baseball as a walk on, to a scholarship player, and ultimately, to professional baseball. Stories like that don't come around all that often and then to combine his 5 years of coaching at the division 1 level, make him so unique. Cole is a realtor in the area for Beckman Property's and helps us out any chance he can get. I can say that may be the best text message I've ever got and I'm thankful for Cole's time and dedication to the kids in our program."