“We are thrilled to welcome Adam Cohen as our new head tennis coach,” Vice President and Director of Athletics Matt Roan said. Coach Cohen brings a record of program growth and success, and I am confident our student-athletes will greatly benefit from his leadership. We continue to be excited about the return of tennis here at EKU and know that Coach Cohen will help us build and sustainably comprehensively successful teams.”
“I am incredibly excited for this amazing opportunity to help reignite the tennis program here at EKU,” said Cohen. “The EKU tennis program has an amazing history of excellence, which I feel blessed to now be a part of. I look forward to meeting alumni, working with the great people I’ve met on campus, and building a program that the EKU community will be proud of on and off the court. Director of Athletics Matt Roan.”
Cohen, a native of Chandler, Arizona, comes to the Colonels after leading the UT Tyler men’s tennis team to the NCAA Division II Round of 16 in its first season of eligibility and guiding the women’s program to its first Division II postseason win and a trip to the Lone Star Conference Tournament semifinals for the first time in program history.
During his five seasons at UT Tyler, Cohen led both Patriot teams to American Southwest Conference tournament championships in 2018 and won another men’s tournament title in 2022. The Patriots also made three combined appearances in the NCAA Tournament. In 2021, Cohen was named Wilson ITA South Central Coach of the year after leading the men’s program to a regular-season LSC championship.
Prior to his time with the Patriots, Cohen coached the Mesa Community College programs to 209 wins and just 86 losses from 2007-17, winning nine conference championships and advancing to 17 national tournament appearances. Under his guidance, the Thunderbird men won four straight Arizona Community College Athletic Conference championships in his final four seasons, while the women claimed back-to-back titles in 2016 and 2017. The men’s team advanced to the national tournament in nine of his 11 seasons in Mesa, while the women made six straight trips to the NJCAA Tournament in his final six seasons.
As a collegiate player, Cohen was nationally ranked at Mesa Community College before taking over as head coach following his playing career.
EKU tennis will resume competing in the fall of 2022. EKU previously sponsored men’s tennis from 1951-2018 and women’s tennis from the early 1970s until the spring of 2018. Tennis facilities on campus include the first-class Greg Adams Indoor Tennis Center and Tom Higgins Outdoor Courts.
With nine combined regular season championships, eight conference tournament titles, and seven NCAA Tournament appearances from 2009-15, the Eastern Kentucky tennis programs were a formidable presence in the OVC. The Colonel men claimed four conference tournament titles in a six-year span (2010, 2011, 2012, 2015) and EKU’s women won four regular-season titles from 2012-15. From April 5, 2011 through April 2, 2014, the Eastern Kentucky women’s team won 30 straight conference regular season dual matches. The men’s team put together a streak of 25 straight regular season conference dual match victories from April 12, 2008 through March 21, 2012. Throughout its history, the men’s program has had 39 all-conference selections, three conference players of the year honorees, two Freshman of the Year award winners, and five Coach of the Year selections. The women’s program has totaled 44 all-conference choices, seven Player of the Year winners, one Freshman of the Year, and three Coach of the Year recipients.