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  • 2010-11 Men's Tennis Coach        
       
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photoHead Coach
Adam Cohen

Reigning ITA Northeast Coach of the Year Adam Cohen has quickly established Binghamton as one of the premier programs in the Northeast as he enters his fifth year at the helm in 2010-11.

Under his leadership, the nationally-ranked Bearcats have confirmed their status as the top program in the America East and have now asserted themselves in the regional rankings once exclusive to the Ivy League schools. In addition, his program features model student-athletes from across the globe who have attained parallel academic success.

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 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 the highest grade-point average (3.69) of any Binghamton team and any team (in any sport) in the America East Conference. Seven individuals were recognized by the ITA as Scholar-Athletes - the second-highest number of honorees in the country. Junior standout Sven 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.

"My nine years as an assistant have prepared me for this opportunity," Cohen said upon accepting the Binghamton job. "I'm confident in my skills and ability to continue the success of Binghamton tennis."

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 eight-year-old son William.

       
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