November 4, 2016
Former Mississippi State Athletic Director Scott Stricklin recently left the program to take the same position at the University of Florida. But http://hailstate.com/news/2016/11/4/athletics-john-cohen-named-mississippi-state-athletic-director.aspx">MSU didn’t have to look to far to find its new athletic director: The university gave current head baseball coach John Cohen for the job.
Cohen is the 17th athletic director in Mississippi State history. He is a two-time SEC Coach of the Year, once at the University of Kentucky and once at MSU, for his work as the baseball coach.
MSU hired http://hailstate.com/coaches.aspx?rc=574">Cohen as head baseball coach in 2009, and since then, the team has won 284 games. He has seen 135 Bulldogs get selected in the MLB Draft. Two of his assistants, http://wjtv.com/2016/06/13/kentucky-hires-msu-assistant-nick-mingione-as-head-baseball-coach/">Nick Mingione and Butch Thompson, have become head coaches at the University of Kentucky and Auburn University.
In his eight years leading the MSU program, Cohen built a 284-203-1 record. Last season, he led the Bulldogs to a 44-18-1 record, and MSU went from worst to first after the program posted a 24-30 season the previous year.
The Tuscaloosa, Ala., native played at MSU and was a part of the Bulldogs’ 1989 SEC Championship team and 1990 College World Series team. He graduated from the University with a bachelor’s degree in English in 1990.
Cohen received a master’s degree in sports management from the University of Missouri in 1994. He spent six seasons as a graduate assistant and coach with the Tigers before taking the head coaching job at Northwestern State University from 1998 to 2001.
While at Northwestern State, Cohen built a 146-84 record before becoming an assistant coach at the University of Florida from 2002 to 2003. He left Florida to take over at the University of Kentucky.
Cohen finished his time with the Wildcats with a 175-112-1 record from 2004 to 2008.
During his time and MSU and Kentucky, he led seven teams to NCAA Regionals.
In 2013 Cohen led the Bulldogs to one of the best seasons in MSU history with a 51-20 record, and the Bulldogs reached the College World Series finals before falling to the University of California at Los Angeles.
Cohen has been a coach in the SEC for 13 seasons and has coached in the conference for 15 years overall. In July, he was named associate athletic director, along with his duties as head baseball coach.
While head coach at MSU, Cohen has helped the athletic program raise funds to upgrade Dudy Noble Field. The upgrades make the baseball stadium one of the best in the country.
http://www.baseballamerica.com/college/john-cohen-become-mississippi-state-ad-hire-andy-cannizaro/#vrGU3sPqJJcI55gK.97">Lake Charles, La.’s American Press newspaper has reported that current LSU assistant coach Andy Cannizaro is the new head baseball coach at MSU. Cannizaro joined the LSU coaching staff in 2014, when he began his coaching career.
Cohen is the third former coach to become athletic director at a SEC school. He joins Skip Berkman, the athletic director at LSU, and Ray Tanner, the athletic director at the University of South Carolina.