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Reigning ITA Northeast Region Coach of the Year Adam Cohen has established Binghamton as one of the premier programs in the Northeast as he enters his eighth year at the helm in 2013-14. Cohen’s Bearcats have won six consecutive conference titles and have advanced to the NCAA tournament nine times in the last 11 years. Five-time America East Coach of the Year, Cohen has recruited premier players from across the globe who have also earned unprecedented academic success at Binghamton.
Last spring Cohen’s team continued its stranglehold on the America East title by winning the program’s sixth straight crown - the second-longest active streak of any program in the conference. Despite a starting lineup that featured freshmen in the top two singles spots and five underclassmen in all, BU worked its way through a tough early spring schedule before rattling off 11 wins in its last 12 matches to earn a spot opposite No. 2 Georgia in the NCAA first round. The final two victories were 4-0 shutouts of conference foes at the America East Championship. Freshman No. 1 Sid Hazarika, another elite Cohen recruit from overseas, was the league’s Player and Rookie of the Year and also earned ITA Northeast Rookie of the Year honors.
Off the court, the team kept its impeccable academic reputation intact, producing a 3.45 team GPA and occupying four of the six spots on the conference All-Academic Team. Binghamton men’s tennis has captured two University Academic Cups, awarded to the athletics team that has the highest GPA each semester. In addition, Cohen’s squads have twice held down the highest GPA of any sports team in the entire America East conference.
In 2012, his squad won eight of its last nine matches and captured the program’s fifth straight America East crown. Cohen was named America East Coach of the Year for the third straight year after advancing his team to Oxford, Miss. for an NCAA first-round match against 13th-seeded Ole Miss. On the heels of the team’s riveting conference title, earned on the hallowed grounds of the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing, BU swept the three major America East awards. Even after losing his top three players to graduation in 2012 – arguably the finest trio in school history – Cohen reloaded with three freshmen in the starting lineup and extended the Bearcats’ string of conference titles and NCAA appearances.
Under Cohen’s leadership, the Bearcats have confirmed their status as the top program in the America East and have asserted themselves in the regional rankings once exclusive to the Ivy League schools.
In 2010-11, BU won 10 of its last 11 matches to capture another conference championship and advance to the NCAAs, where the team earned a trip to Los Angeles and a first-round match with UCLA. Led by three-time AE Player of the Year and and two-time NCAA singles qualifier Sven Vloedgraven, the Bearcats defeated Stony Brook and UMBC to win their fourth straight crown and also posted wins over nationally-ranked Yale and Princeton. The team also had two ranked individuals and three seniors who capped their stellar careers with a combined 292 singles wins.
In 2009-10, Cohen’s Bearcats produced an historic season that is considered one of the finest in school history in any sport. The team, comprised of 11 players from 11 different countries, went 25-2, was ranked as high as No. 43 in the nation and made the program’s third straight NCAA appearance and sixth in the last eight years.
Binghamton won its third straight America East Championship and set program records for wins in a season (25), consecutive wins (20), win percentage (.926), highest national ranking (No. 43 on April 13) and highest regional ranking (No. 2 in Northeast).
Cohen, the ITA Northeast Coach of the Year, pushed BU to the top of a region dominated by Ivy League schools for decades. Binghamton went 7-1 against Ivy League members with the lone loss being a narrow 4-3 setback to fellow NCAA entry Columbia.
In the classroom, BU achieved a lofty 3.69 GPA and seven individuals were recognized by the ITA as Scholar-Athletes - the second-highest number of honorees in the country. Vloedgraven was the America East Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year and also earned an NCAA Singles berth and national ranking (No. 115).
In 2008-09, Cohen’s young BU team won its second straight America East crown and advanced to the NCAA tournament for the fifth time in the last seven years. Along the way, the Bearcats beat their first nationally-ranked team (No. 53 Drake), toppled Ivy members Brown, Princeton and Dartmouth, and received its highest regional ranking in school history - eighth in the ITA Northeast Region. Two players were ranked among the region’s top-20 in singles and the team continued its reputation for academic success with ITA All-Academic distinction.
In 2007-08, Cohen’s Bearcats captured their fourth conference title in the last six years and earned a final ranking of 13th in the ITA Northeast Region. After a 13-win campaign that ended with an NCAA tournament berth, six different Binghamton players earned America East all-conference honors and Cohen was selected as America East Coach of the Year.
Cohen helped a nationally-prominent Minnesota program reach the NCAA tournament seven times in eight years, including a trip to the Sweet 16 in 2000. In 2003, the Golden Gophers were ranked 10th in the country - the highest final ranking in program history. Three years later, Minnesota advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament. Cohen played an instrumental role in that success by recruiting All-American and Big Ten Player of the Year Harsh Mankad, the school’s first-ever tennis recruit from India. Cohen had direct oversight of Minnesota’s recruiting efforts and individual and team practices.
He initially crossed paths with Binghamton tennis back in 2003, when Minnesota defeated BU 4-0 in the first round of the NCAA Regional in Minneapolis.
Cohen starred for the Golden Gophers before graduating in 1997 with a bachelor of arts degree in history. He played his final two collegiate seasons at Minnesota, steering the program to back-to-back Big Ten titles in 1994 and 1995. Cohen transferred to Minnesota from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, where he helped that team finish seventh at the NCAA Division II Championship in 1993.
A native of Buffalo, Minn., Cohen served as Director of Tennis at the North Oaks Tennis Program for seven years. As head pro, he ran a junior program of 200+ as well as an adult program of more than 100 members.
Before joining Minnesota’s coaching staff, Cohen served as assistant at University of Louisiana-Lafayette (1997-98), where he helped lead that program to a Sun Belt Conference title and ensuing NCAA berth.
Adam and his wife Sara live in Vestal with their son William.
After serving the last four years with the BU women’s program, Rick Heichemer moves over to the men’s side for his first season in 2013-14. Twice in his four-year tenure with the women’s program, he helped the Bearcats advance to the America East title match. Heichemer’s leadership was crucial during a head coaching transition in 2009 and with his steadying influence, two different Binghamton head coaches were honored by the conference as Coach of the Year.
He previously was the head pro and general manager of the Broome Racquet Club, where he coached several junior players in the area.
A 1975 graduate of Eastern Kentucky, Heichemer also competed at nearby Broome Community College in 1972 and 1973.