The all-time leader in wins in lacrosse history at Clark, Jeff Cohen returns for his 11th season on the Cougar sidelines in 2019. His 72 coaching victories are more than a third of the program's all-time wins which began back in 1989.
2017 was another record-breaking season for the Cougars and Cohen. He led the team a 13-5 overall record and 2nd place finish in the NEWMAC. The Cougars fell to Springfield College in the NEWMAC championship game.
In 2015 as Cohen guided the Scarlet and White to a school-record tying eight victories and had a pair of first-team all-conference performers.
2014 proved to be the most successful in the 27-year history of the program as Cohen led the team to its most wins in a single season (8) and appeared in the first-ever postseason game in school history.
In his first four years, Cohen had already put together an impressive resume of accomplishments as he attempted to build his alma mater into a regional and nationally-recognized program.
Cohen has twice been named Pilgrim League Coach of the Year (2010, 2012) after leading Clark through the most successful stretch in program history.
In 2013, Cohen guided the Cougars to the program’s first-ever non-losing season and tied the then-school record for wins in a single season (7) and had the Cougars in the hunt for a playoff berth on the final day of the regular season for the second consecutive season.
The 2012 campaign was a near-miss for Cohen and the upstart Cougars, who missed out on the playoffs but had three all-conference performers and one of the best offensive seasons in school history.
2011 saw Clark edged out of the playoffs on an obscure tiebreaker, but Cohen’s fingerprints were all over the program as he picked up his second Pilgrim League Coach of the Year award. He put together another six-win campaign, highlighted by the program’s first win over Wheaton in more than a decade in double-overtime on the final day of the regular season.
In his first season at the helm of the Cougars, he resurrected the program as Clark went 6-8 overall - more wins than the previous two seasons combined. At one point, the Cougars won four straight games and were in the hunt for a shot at a Pilgrim League playoff berth.
Cohen was also selected to be an assistant coach at the 68th annual USILA/Lax World North/South Senior All-Star Game which took place during the NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Final Four weekend.
During his five four years, Cohen has had a knack for developing talent. Under his tutelage, the Cougars have received 12 all-conference selections by ten different players, including four first-team all-league honorees. That group of awardees doesn’t include Rob Holden, who was named the 2013 Pilgrim League Rookie of the Year.
Cohen arrived at Clark following a five-year stint as an assistant coach at Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y. With the Red Raiders, Cohen helped lead them to a top ten national ranking and the program's first-ever berth in the NCAA Tournament.
Prior to his time with Colgate, Cohen was an assistant football and lacrosse coach at Western New England College for one year (2004) and assistant lacrosse coach at MIT in 2003.
One of the all-time greats at Clark, Cohen was a two-year captain and finished his career with 133 points, good for fifth on the school's all-time list. He also ranks in the top ten in assists (3rd) and goals scored (9th).
Cohen was named to the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) All-Conference team twice (2001, 2002) and to the Pilgrim League All-Conference team three times (1999, 2001, 2002).
He received a Merit Award in 2002, which is given annually to senior student-athletes who have made a significant impact on their sport and finished his career playing in the NEILA East/West All-Star game.
A 2002 Clark University graduate, Cohen holds a bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in sociology.
CLARK COACHING RECORD
|Season||Overall Record||NEWMAC RECORD||POSTSEASON|
|2019||11-8||5-2 (2nd)||NEWMAC Semifinals|
|2017||13-5||6-1 (1st)||NEWMAC Runner-Up|
|2014||8-7||3-3 (4th)||NEWMAC Semifinals|