John Cohen (baseball Coach)
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John Cohen Baseball Coach
John Cohen
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Cohen at Columbus Air Force Base in 2011
Current position
TitleAthletic Director
TeamMississippi State
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
Biographical details
Born (1966-09-21) September 21, 1966 (age 54)
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Alma materMississippi State University (BS)
University of Missouri (MS)
Playing career
1987-1990Mississippi State
1990-1991Visalia Oaks
Position(s)First baseman
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1992-1997Missouri (asst.)
1998-2001Northwestern State
2002-2003Florida (asst.)
2009-2016Mississippi State
2016Mississippi State (assoc. AD)
2016-presentMississippi State
Head coaching record
Overall605-399-2 (.602)
Accomplishments and honors
1998 Southland Conference
2001 Southland Conference
2006 Southeastern Conference
2012 SEC Tournament
2013 College World Series Runner-up
2016 Southeastern Conference
Governor's Cup Record 4-4
1998 Southland Conference Coach of the Year
2001 Southland Conference Coach of the Year
2005 USA Baseball National Team
2006 Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year
2006 ABCA South Region Coach of the Year
2006 National Coach of the Year
2013 ABCA South Region Coach of the Year
2016 Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year

John Cohen (born September 21, 1966) is the former head baseball coach of Mississippi State University and current Athletic Director. He played college baseball at Mississippi State (1988-1990) after spending a single season at Birmingham Southern College in Alabama (1986). He also played on the 1990 College World Series team his senior year at Mississippi State. He then spent two years in the Minnesota Twins farm system (1990-1991). He served as an assistant coach at the University of Missouri from 1992 to 97 before becoming head coach at Northwestern State University from 1998 to 2001, where he won two conference championships. He moved on to the University of Florida for two seasons (2002-2003) as an assistant before accepting the head coaching job at the University of Kentucky. On June 6, 2008, Cohen was announced as the head coach of his alma mater, Mississippi State.

Head coaching record

Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Northwestern State Demons (Southland Conference) (1998-2001)
1998 Northwestern State 40-20 15-8 1st
1999 Northwestern State 38-21 18-9 2nd
2000 Northwestern State 30-26 14-13 T-5th
2001 Northwestern State 38-17 19-8 1st
Northwestern State: 146-84 (.635) 66-38 (.635)
Kentucky Wildcats (Southeastern Conference) (2004-2008)
2004 Kentucky 24-30 7-23 6th (East)
2005 Kentucky 29-27 7-22 6th (East)
2006 Kentucky 44-17 20-10 1st (East) NCAA Regional
2007 Kentucky 34-19-1 13-16-1 5th (East)
2008 Kentucky 44-19 16-14 3rd (East) NCAA Regional
Kentucky: 175-112-1 (.609) 63-85-1 (.426)
Mississippi State Bulldogs (Southeastern Conference) (2009-present)
2009 Mississippi State 25-29 9-20 6th (West)
2010 Mississippi State 23-33 6-24 6th (West)
2011 Mississippi State 38-25 14-16 T-2nd (West) NCAA Super Regional
2012 Mississippi State 40-24 16-14 T-2nd (West) NCAA Regional
2013 Mississippi State 51-20 16-14 3rd (West) College World Series Runner-up
2014 Mississippi State 39-24 18-12 3rd (West) NCAA Regional
2015 Mississippi State 24-30 8-22 7th (West)
2016 Mississippi State 44-18-1 21-9 1st (West) NCAA Super Regional (#6 National Seed)
Mississippi State: 284-203-1 (.583) 108-130 (.454)
Total: 605-399-2 (.602)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Coaching tree

Assistant coaches under John Cohen who are, or have been, head coaches include Gary Henderson, Nick Mingione, and Butch Thompson.[1]

Personal life

John Cohen is originally from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, as was his wife, Nelle Bashinsky Cohen.[2] They have a son and a daughter.[3] Cohen is Jewish.[4][5]


  1. ^ "John Cohen's coaching tree is atop the SEC". The Clarion-Ledger. 1 May 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ "John Cohen". Retrieved 2019.
  3. ^ "Cohen brings passion as athletic director". MSU Alumnus. Spring 2017. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ "Cohen leads Mississippi State into College World Series finals". Southern Jewish Life Magazine. June 23, 2013. Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ "Jewish in the Golden Triangle: Although few in numbers, Mississippi Jews do not feel ostracized". The Commercial Dispatch. November 3, 2018. Retrieved 2019.

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