May 15, 2013

W&L's Cohen Named ITA Regional Assistant Coach of the Year

SKILLMAN, N.J. – The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced its Division III regional award winners on Wednesday and Washington and Lee second-year Assistant Men's Tennis Coach Brian Cohen was recognized as the Atlantic South Region Assistant Coach of the Year.

Cohen was one of four regional winners of the award, joining Daniel Bickett of Wisconsin-Whitewater (Central Region), Karl Gregor of Tufts (Northeast Region) and Chris Fabrizio of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (West Region).

Cohen helped lead W&L to an 18-6 overall record during the 2012-13 season.  Along the way the Generals claimed their fourth straight conference title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament before falling to N.C. Wesleyan in the opening round.  Cohen also helped mentor senior Hayden White to the NCAA Singles Tournament, while coaching one doubles team (sophomore Taylor Shamshiri and first-year Michael Holt) to the NCAA Doubles Tournament.

In his two seasons with the program, Cohen has helped guide the Generals to a 34-11 overall record with two conference championships.

Cohen came to Washington and Lee from Duke University, where he served as a graduate assistant for two seasons.  During that time, he helped lead the Blue Devils to a combined 42-19 record and two trips to the Round of 16 at the NCAA Division I Championships. 

Cohen has been a tennis instructor since 2003, serving stints at Bethesda Country Club, Darnestown Swim & Racquet Club, the Bullis Tennis Training Center and the Chevy Chase Recreation Association. 

A 2007 graduate of Bucknell University with a bachelor of arts in environmental studies, Cohen was a four-year member of the Bison tennis team, earning ITA Scholar-Athlete and Patriot League Academic Honor Roll accolades.  He received a master of environmental management degree from Duke in May of 2011.

In other regional awards for the Atlantic South Region, Johns Hopkins' Chuck Willenborg was named the Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year, Haverford's Kevin Caulfield received the Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship Award, Carnegie Mellon's Abhishek Alla was named the Rookie of the Year and CMU's Christian Heaney-Secord was named the Player to Watch, while Johns Hopkins' Andy Hersh was named the Senior Player of the Year.

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