Cohen was tabbed the 2016 ITA Midwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year after the team won both the outright Big Ten regular season championship (11-0) and the conference tournament title for the first time. The Buckeyes were the No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament, hosted NCAA matches for the first time and became the first Ohio State team to reach the quarterfinals. Individually, four Buckeyes earned All-Big Ten honors and the team had NCAA singles and doubles qualifiers for the first time since 2001. Francesca Di Lorenzo won the first ITA title in program history, became the third Buckeye All-American and was named Big Ten Player of the Year and Big Ten Freshman of the Year.
The team reached even higher the next season, advancing to the NCAA semifinals for the first time in program history. The tandem of Di Lorenzo and Miho Kowase was the 2017 NCAA Doubles Champion, the first NCAA title won by a Buckeye, and the duo earned All-America honors. The team defended its Big Ten regular season and tournament crowns and had four All-Big Ten selections. In all, the program was 32-3, setting the mark for wins in a season.
During Cohen’s first year (2014-15), the Buckeyes were 20-7, earned an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament, finished second in the Big Ten and reached the B1G Tournament championship match, ending the year ranked 21st.
Cohen was the head men’s tennis coach at Binghamton University prior to coming to Columbus, leading the Bearcats to seven-consecutive America East conference titles in eight years.
In 2014, Cohen, a five-time America East Coach of the Year, guided his squad to a 16-11 record with a 5-0 ledger vs. conference opponents and helped coach Binghamton’s sophomore standout to repeat accolades as America East Player of the Year. In 2012-13, he was honored as the ITA Northeast Region Coach of the Year for the second time after leading the Bearcats to their ninth NCAA appearance in 11 years. In 2009-10 the Bearcats were ranked as high as a program-best 43rd and ended the year ranked 49th, with Cohen tabbed the ITA Northeast Region Coach of the Year. The program had 34 ITA Scholar-Athletes in his last five years combined, including eight in 2014.
After serving as an assistant at University of Louisiana-Lafayette (1997-98), where he helped guide the squad to a Sun Belt Conference title and NCAA bid, Cohen joined the coaching staff at his alma mater, Minnesota, and the Golden Gophers made seven NCAA tournament appearances in eight years, including a trip to the Sweet 16 in 2000. The team was ranked in the Top 25 consistently during his tenure and finished the 2003 campaign ranked 10th. Cohen joined the Binghamton men’s tennis team as head coach for the 2006-07 season.
A standout for the Golden Gophers, Cohen played his final two collegiate seasons at Minnesota, leading the program to back-to-back Big Ten titles in 1994 and 1995. He began his collegiate career at Southern Illinois - Edwardsville, where he helped the team finish seventh at the 1993 NCAA Division II Championship.
A native of Buffalo, Minn., Cohen earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Minnesota in 1997. He and his wife, Sara, have a son, William.
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