John Cohen Biography
Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen was born on September 21st, 1966 in Tuscaloosa, AL. He played college baseball at Mississippi State and, following his graduation and two years in the Minnesota Twins farm system, accepted an assistant coaching job at the University of Missouri where he remained from 1992-1997..
In 1997, Cohen was hired by Northwestern State to be the head coach of their baseball team. Over four seasons, Cohen won thirty eight games or more in 1998, 1999, and 2001 and his teams won the Southland Championship in 1998 and 2001. This success earned him the head coaching job at Kentucky and, from 2004 to 2008, Cohen led the Wildcats to two 40 plus win seasons, two NCAA Regionals and an SEC Championship in 2006 (when he won the NCAA National Coach of the Year Award). His work earned him an offer to coach at his alma mater, and he accepted the job in late 2008.
Despite his success at both Northwestern State and Kentucky, Cohen’s first two seasons at Mississippi State have been extremely poor. The Bulldogs are a perennial baseball powerhouse and attended the College World Series as recently as 2007, but they have gone 25-29 and 23-33 in Cohen’s two seasons and suffered abysmal 9-20 and 6-24 in-conference records. If the team does not improve soon, Cohen will likely be searching for a new job.
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