Jacob Cohen
Jacob  Cohen

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Assistant Coach



Jacob Cohen Added to Track and Field Staff

Will work with hurdlers and multis

Jacob Cohen joined the Louisiana Tech track and field staff beginning with the 2014 season after being hired in Oct. 2013. He joins the Louisiana Tech Family after spending the previous three years as an assistant coach at Lamar where he oversaw sprints, jumps, multi-events and hurdles.

Since he has been in Ruston his impact has been obvious, coaching two Honorable Mention All-American honorees, three conference champions, 14 All-Conference USA honors and 12 qualifying entries to the NCAA Preliminary Championships including five in the women's long jump in 2015. Cohen is also responsible for guiding his athletes to recording four school records and 26 marks in the school's all-time top-10 charts.

Cohen's mark with Louisiana Tech athletes has reached far beyond the city limits of Ruston. Long jumper Jarvis Gotch recorded one of the top five long jump marks in the nation in 2016 and he did so while running a personal best time of 6.69 in the 60m dash in the same year. Gotch would go on to set a meet and facility record in the long jump at the 2016 Texas Relays, a mark that ranked second in the world. During the 2016 track and field season, Gotch hit the Olympic A Standard by recording three marks over 27-feet as he entered the professional ranks during the outdoor season. Under Cohen's tutelage, Gotch has a wind-legal career-best jump of 27-0.5 (8.24m) and a wind-aided career-best mark of 27-4.75 (8.35m).

Another athlete to excel on the international stage because of Cohen's guidance is Jaquvis "JQ" Hart. Competing at the 2015 IPC World Championships, Hart ran a gold medal winning time of 48.17 broke a 13-year old world record by almost a full second in the 400m for the T47 class. Hart will represent Team USA at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

When he was at Lamar, Cohen's student-athletes set 10 school records, claimed nine All-Southland Conference honors, recorded 33 school top-five performances and posted five qualifying marks for the NCAA Prelims.

Prior to his tenure at Lamar, Cohen assisted Calvin Robinson - now at Texas Tech - with the jumps and multis at Miami while working specifically with the pole vaulters. That year (2009-10) the Hurricane jumpers had three athletes in the NCAA Indoor Championships, two at the NCAA Outdoor Championships with one garnering All-American honors. The jumps group also had four ACC all-conference performances that year.

Cohen competed in the pole vault for University of Miami for one year, and competing at the University of Delaware in multiple events during his undergrad career.

He holds a Bachelor's Degree in human services, education and public policy from the University of Delaware (2008) and a Master's Degree in sports administration from Miami (Fla.) which he received in 2009.

Cohen has both a USTFCCCA Track and Field Academy Sprints and Jumps Specialist certification, USATF Level II certification in the jumps and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification from the National Strength and Conditioning Association.


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