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 MATT COHEN - Head Volleyball Coach
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Matt Cohen Matt Cohen was head volleyball coach at SJR State College in 2013 through 2015. After taking two years off from coaching, Cohen returned to SJR State in 2018. Cohen has had the most victories in the history of the program with 76-62.

During his fourth season, the Vikings transitioned from Division 1 to Division 2. Playing in the newly formed Sun Lakes Conference, Cohen led SJR State to a 22-11 record, the second most wins in a season in the history of the program. The Vikings finished third in conference play and advanced to the Region VIII semi-finals. Hanna Foecker was named first Team All-Conference while Lindsay Grossman and Jordyn Pruski were named second Team All-Conference. Ten players received Sun-Lakes Conference All-Academic awards, six received FCSAA All-Academic awards, and two were named Academic All-Americans.

Cohen’s third season was record-breaking as the Vikings went 25-9. The 25 wins were the most ever, the nine losses were the least ever, and the winning percentage of 73.5 was the best ever. Zhartaezia Bradley was named First Team All Mid-Florida Conference and Julianna Hicks was named second team. The team’s GPA continued to rise to a 3.35. Ten players received Mid-Florida Conference All-Academic awards, eight received FCSAA All-Academic awards, and six were named Academic All-Americans. The team was honored with its second consecutive AVCA Team Academic Award.

In his second season, he was able to lead the program to the second most wins in its history (16). The .432 winning percentage was the fifth best in the history of the program. Overall, it was the most successful season for the Vikings since 2001. Not only did the team improve in the gym, they also excelled in the classroom, with the team GPA improving from a 3.16 to a 3.31. Eleven players received Mid-Florida Conference All-Academic awards, seven received FCSAA All-Academic awards, and two were named Academic All-Americans. The team was honored with the AVCA Team Academic Award.

In his first season, Cohen was able to lead the program to the fourth most wins in its history (14). The .400 winning percentage was the seventh best in the history of the program. It was a successful season for the Vikings, with the team GPA improving from a 2.75 to a 3.16. Six players received Mid-Florida Conference All-Academic awards, four received FCSAA All-Academic awards, and one was named an Academic All-American. Reviving volleyball programs is nothing new to Cohen.

As the former head coach at Yavapai College in Arizona, he led YC’s volleyball program to new heights. Inheriting a program that had not had a winning season in over 10 years, Cohen led them to a 124-83 overall record (six seasons), placing the program in the national top 25 in 2009, 2010 and 2011, and ranking #19 in 2012. Under Cohen’s leadership, the Yavapai team was the 2009 Region I runner-up. The program also earned eight Academic All-American titles, including one Pinnacle Award and four Superior Awards for academic excellence, two AVCA Academic Team Awards, eight All-Region performers, 15 All-Conference performers, and one NJCAA All-American award.

Cohen also worked as an assistant at Concordia University Irvine, where he was involved in recruiting, scouting, and practice planning. In addition to coaching at the college level, he has 10 years of high school varsity head coaching experience and has worked with some of the top volleyball clubs in California, Arizona, and Florida.

Cohen’s career head coaching record is 201-145. He earned his Masters of Science in Family and Human Development from Arizona State University in 2018 and his Bachelors of Arts in Liberal Studies from Concordia University, Irvine in 2004. He is married to his best friend, Julie, and they have three children, Tyler (17), Kiki (15), and Lucy (9).

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