Princeton football’s big man in the middle, Cole Warren, signed a scholarship to play for Div. II Concordia University in St. Paul at a special ceremony in the high school Feb. 5. Golden Bear head coach Ryan Williams will initially be looking at Warren to begin his practice days at linebacker.
“I was thinking of going the junior college route a couple of years. Then we had a visit this last Saturday to Concordia, the last recruiting weekend. Then walking around campus, it really hit me: I could see myself being here next year, and this would be my college,” said Warren of his selection process. He is the son of John and Jennie-Ruth Warren.
Opening the ceremony was Darin Laabs, Dist. 477 Activities Director. “We are thrilled to have been a part of this decision and his skill development to get him there. Cole has been a four-year starter in football which is unbelievable for a (Class) 4A school,” he spoke. “He is a three-year letter-winner in track and has been All-Conference. He is a three-year letter-winner in wrestling. He has been two-time All-Section. He’s been All-Conference, All-Academic– all-everything. Cole has been an amazing student. We’re super proud of him.”
“Cole is a football coach’s dream. Everything he did made the football team better. It brings tears to my eyes about all the amount of effort and work he put in to be the best football player he could be. His hard work paid off when he got his scholarship,” said Tiger Football coach Roy Hanenburg.
Warren was a hard-hitting middle linebacker on the Tiger defense, and a churning fullback who took hits working for the tough yards on offense. One of his last plays in a Tiger uniform had him chasing down Cloquet’s swift halfback on a sweep. Warren caught the back’s jersey with one hand, had his body swing around like he was steer wrestling, then brought him down for no gain.
He is also a great leader in the 220 lb. slot for Tiger wrestling. In the spring, you will see Warren and his solid frame sprinting in the 100-meter.
“In seventh grade, Mark Hayes advised me to join wrestling to be better on my feet and better at football overall. Track just fit a speed aspect which definitely helps at linebacker,” explained Warren on the benefits he received from being a multi-sport athlete.
The Golden Bears play in the south division of the NSIC. They were 5-6 overall and 2-5 in the conference last fall.