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Cohen named Northeast Region Coach of Year

Elite coach wins honor for second time in four years; Hazarika named top rookie

May 17, 2013


Cohen named Northeast Region Coach of Year

ITA Award Winners

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y.—Binghamton men’s tennis coach Adam Cohen has been named the ITA/Wilson Northeast Region Coach of the Year after guiding his Bearcats to a sixth straight NCAA tournament berth in 2013. It’s the second time in the last four years that Cohen has earned the top honor in the 39-team region, which spans 11 different conferences.

Under Cohen’s leadership, the Bearcats (16-10) won 11 of their last 12 matches before facing No. 2 Georgia in the NCAA tournament. With a powerful recruiting class in place, Cohen put two freshmen in his top two singles positions and only had one upperclassman in his singles lineup, yet still produced 16 wins and the program’s ninth NCAA berth in the last 11 years. In 2010, Cohen was also selected by his Northeast Region peers after his Bearcats went 25-2 and were ranked as high as No. 43 in the country.

Additionally, freshman standout Sid Hazarika was selected as the ITA/Wilson Northeast Region Rookie of the Year. Hazarika put together an exceptional spring season after coming to campus in January. He went 21-4 in singles, occupying the No. 1 position, and was named the America East Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year. It’s the first time that a BU player has earned the region’s top rookie honor in the program’s 12-year Division I tenure.

“I am happy for Sid to receive Rookie of the Year honors for our region,” Cohen said. “He began his career for us in the spring, which is never an easy starting point for anyone as you only have about one week of formal practice with the team and then we begin our spring season.  I had Sid play lower in the lineup at the beginning as I wanted him to get some matches under his belt to gain some confidence and get used to college tennis.  As he kept winning his matches I kept moving him up until he took over our top spot towards the end of March right before we went on spring break.  To have an overall spring season record of 21-4 is a great accomplishment and I look forward to having Sid continue to improve his level next season and the years to come here at Binghamton University.”

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