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 MATT COHEN - Head Volleyball Coach
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Matt Cohen Matt Cohen returns to the sidelines after taking 2 years off from coaching. In his previous 3 seasons as head volleyball coach at SJR State College, Cohen was 55-51 giving him the most victories in the history of the program.

Cohen’s third season was a record-breaking season as the Vikings went 25-9. The 25 wins were the most ever, the 9 loses were the least ever, and the 73.5% winning percentage was the best ever. Zhartaesia 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 (16) in its history. 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 (14) in its history. 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 (6 seasons), placing the program in the national top 25 in 2009, ‘10 and ’11, 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 179-134. He earned his Masters of Science in Family and Human Development from Arizona State University (’18) and his Bachelors of Arts in Liberal Studies from Concordia University, Irvine (’04). He is married to his best friend, Julie, and they have three children, Tyler (16), Kiki (14), and Lucy (8).

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