position Assistant Coach
Alma Mater UCLA '10
Ohio State head field hockey coach Jarred Martin named Patrick Cota as an assistant coach for the Buckeyes in March of 2022. Cota comes to Columbus with a decorated playing career and 13 years of collegiate coaching experience.
“I am really excited to have Pat, and his wife Amber, join the Ohio State field hockey family,” said Martin. “He has coached and competed at the highest level with success. For him to bring that to our team will be invaluable. Patrick sees the vision that I have for this program and is excited about where we are headed in both the upcoming season and in seasons to come. I look forward to having him in Columbus, having him strengthen our place in the Big Ten and in the NCAA.”
For 11 seasons, from 2010 through 2021, Cota and an assistant coach at Stanford. In his final season with the Cardinals in the spring of 2021, Cota was part of a staff that was named the West Region Staff of the Year by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA). Stanford finished that season with an overall record of 11-3, its fourth conference title in five years and a trip to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Tournament.
“As the steward of Ohio State field hockey, Jarred Martin has built upon the tradition and excellence of the program,” said Cota. “It’s an exciting time within Ohio State athletics and the Big Ten Conference and contributing to the legacy of the program will be a rewarding challenge. This is a special year in recognition of Title IX and the contributions of those who have previously worn the Block O will act as a guide as we lift up and empower our current student-athletes to be strong female leaders. I look forward to collaborating with Jarred, Kate, and the talented student-athletes as we finish out the spring training and embark on preparation for the 2022 season.”
No stranger to the Big Ten Conference, Cota had a two-year stint as an assistant coach at Michigan from 2004-05, where he helped guide the Wolverines to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances and back-to-back Big Ten Tournament championships.
Cota’s impressive coaching resume is matched by the accomplishments of his playing career. A member of the U.S. National Team (1999-2012), Cota was part of the U.S. National Indoor squad that participated at the International Hockey Federation (FIH) Indoor World Cup in February 2011. Two months earlier in a match against Argentina, Cota celebrated his 100th international cap. At the time, Cota was the only current member of the U.S. National Team to have achieved 100 career caps.
Cota has also competed on the U.S. Field Hockey men’s junior national team playing with the U-18 and U-21 squads beginning in 1996. Cota played for the German Club, Rot-Weiss Koln, Germany from 2002-03 and for Club UTS in Australia in 2001.
A native of Camarillo, Calif., Cota completed his bachelor’s degree in history from UCLA in 2010. He is currently completing his M.Ed. in Transformative Coaching and Leadership at UCLA with graduation anticipated in June of 2022.