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Dave Cohen
Position: Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
Alma Mater: Long Island - C.W. Post
Graduating Year: 1988
Phone: (269) 387-8644
Email: david.m.cohen@wmich.edu
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Dave Cohen joined Western Michigan's staff as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach in 2010.  He spent four seasons as the head coach at Hofstra prior to joining the Broncos.

In 2011, the Bronco defense boasted its fifth ever MAC Defensive Player of the Year and Phil Steele All-American Drew Nowak.  Rover Johnnie Simon and defensive end Freddie Bishop also earned All-MAC for the first time in their respective careers.

The Cohen led defense went back to an attack-style defense, ranking 34th in the country in both interceptions (15) and sacks (28.0).  The Broncos finished the season third in the MAC in sacks and fourth in tackles for loss as well.  WMU had 30 take aways and two of its members were named Third Team All-MAC - Jamail Berry and Paul Hazel.  Lewis Toler, despite not earning All-MAC honors, was named Freshman All-America by Rivals.com.  Heading into the conference championships and bowl season, WMU ranked sixth in the nation in total take aways (30) and finished the 2010 season ranked 12th.

His four seasons as head coachof the Pride resulted in improved play on both sides of the line of scrimmage. In 2006 the Pride posted their best total defense average since 1996, and ranked in the top half in the conference in rushing defense, pass defense, scoring defense and total defense. In 2007 Hofstra recorded the second-most improved record in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), going from 2-9 in 2006 to 7-4. The Pride led the CAA in rushing defense in 2007, allowing just 113.9 yards per game, which ranked as the best average since the 1996 campaign. The Pride also ranked second in total defense, allowing just 312 yards per game. That mark was the second-lowest total since 1996. While the Pride was in the middle of the CAA in total offense, they did improve by an average of 122 yards per game from 2006 to a mark of 388.5 in 2007 season. Hofstra also led the CAA in punt return average (14.7 ypr) thanks mostly to current sophomore Anthony Nelson (20-312-15.6), who led the conference with a 15.6 yards per return mark. For his efforts, Cohen was a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award, which is presented annually to the top FCS coach in the country.

In 2008, despite having a team that was decimated by injuries, the Pride led the CAA and ranked fourth in the country in pass defense, and was ninth in kickoff returns, 39th in rushing offense and 43rd in total defense in the FCS. Hofstra also posted its best pass defense average in 18 years and its best rushing average in seven seasons.

Cohen came to Hofstra after a four-year stint at the University of Delaware - his second tenure at UD - from 2002 through the 2005 season. During that time his defensive schemes played a large part in Delaware posting a 15-1 record and capturing the NCAA I-AA national title in 2003. Led by All-American defensive end and Oakland Raider draftee Shawn Johnson and current San Francisco 49ers starting safety Mike Adams, the Blue Hens posted the first shutout in I-AA championship game history with a 40-0 win over previously unbeaten Colgate. Delaware's defense, which held all four I-AA playoff opponents to under 10 points to set an NCAA I-AA record, led the Atlantic 10 in rushing defense (114.3 - 17th in I-AA), pass efficiency defense (113.36), and scoring defense (15.4 - 4th in I-AA), and ranked second in total defense (303.0 - 16th in I-AA). For his efforts, Cohen was honored in July 2004 as the NCAA I-AA Defensive Coordinator of the Year by American Football Monthly magazine.

In 2004 Cohen led a Blue Hen defense that ranked among the top 25 in the nation in rushing defense, total defense, and turnover margin as Delaware went 9-4 and advanced to the I-AA quarterfinals. Injuries and youth played a big part in Delaware posting a 6-5 record in 2005 but the Blue Hens finished the season with two road wins. The squad ranked fourth in the Atlantic 10 in rushing defense (119.6) and sacks (30), and sixth in total defense (364.5) and scoring defense (24.0).

Born in Huntington, New York, Cohen was a three-time league champion, all-county and All-Long Island selection at Commack North High School, where he played under Bill Edwards, who is the highly successful, long-time Pride softball coach. A 1988 business management graduate of Long Island University-C.W. Post, Cohen earned his master's degree in education administration from SUNY-Albany in 1990. While at C.W. Post, he was a two-year starter at defensive tackle and earned CoSIDA Academic All-Region honors as a senior.

He began his coaching career as linebackers coach and strength coach at Albany in 1988-89 before moving on to Lafayette College where he served four seasons from 1990 through 1993 as linebackers and defensive line coach.

Cohen joined the University of Delaware staff in May 1994 and served five successful seasons, two as defensive line coach and three as linebackers coach. During his five years at Delaware, he helped lead the Blue Hens to three consecutive NCAA I-AA tournament appearances in 1995, 1996 and 1997, and the 1995 Yankee Conference title. Delaware advanced to the national semifinals with a 12-2 mark in 1997 behind all-conference linebackers Brian Smith, Ralph D'Angelo, and Denis Hulme.

While defensive line coach at UD, his team recorded 38 sacks in 1995. He also coached the punt block team in 1997 and the unit recorded a school record five blocks, returning three for touchdowns.

Following his first stint at Delaware, Cohen moved on to Fordham University where he served three seasons (1999-2001) as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach, including the last two seasons as associate head coach under then Head Coach Dave Clawson. Cohen helped build Fordham from the bottom of the league standings into a Patriot League contender. After going 0-11 in 1999 and 3-8 in 2000, the Rams posted a record of 7-4 in 2001 and placed third in the league standings with a 5-2 mark. The Rams won the league title in 2002.

Cohen (45/DOB: 10-6-66) and his wife, Denise, have two sons, Charlie (10) and Brian (7).

WMU ALL-CONFERENCE HONOREES UNDER COHEN

YEAR
NAME
POSITION
TEAM
2011   Drew Nowak   Defensive Tackle   First
2011   Johnnie Simon   Defensive Back/Rover   Second
2011   Freddie Bishop   Defensive End   Third
             
2010
Jamail Berry

Safety/Rover
Third
2010

Paul Hazel

Defensive End

Third
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