Sept. 10, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Adam Cohen is set to join the Ohio State women’s tennis team as an assistant coach, Melissa Schaub, the Buckeyes’ third-year head coach, announced Wednesday. Last season, Cohen led the Binghamton men’s tennis team to its seventh-consecutive America East conference title in his eight years with the program.
“We are excited to have someone with Adam’s experience and passion join our staff,” Schaub said. “He has been successful at every level and I am looking forward to working together to have a great season.”
In 2014, the 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 Men’s Tennis Player of the Year. In 2012-13, Cohen was named the ITA Northeast Region Coach of the Year after leading the Bearcats to their ninth NCAA appearance in 11 years. His players were successful in the classroom and the program has had 34 ITA Scholar-Athletes in the last five years combined, including eight in 2014.
“First, I want to thank Ms. Miechelle Willis, Coach Ty Tucker and Coach Melissa Schaub for believing in me and allowing me the opportunity to join the Ohio State Department of Athletics,” Cohen said. “The women’s tennis team has made some big strides within the past year and I am confident with my passion, experience and dedication to the student-athletes at Ohio State, we’ll continue the upward march through the Big Ten and national rankings.”
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.
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. Cohen, who also spent time as the director of tennis at the North Oaks Tennis Program, joined the Binghamton men’s tennis team as head coach for the 2007-08 season.
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.
Cohen replaces Bryan Koniecko, who left Ohio State to become the head coach of the Brown men’s tennis team.
The Buckeyes, who earned an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2010, return to the courts Sept. 22 at the Amelia 10K in Amelia Island, Florida, before selected members will compete in the ITA All-American Championships Sept. 27 in Pacific Palisades, Calif.