Adam Cohen, recognized as one of the nation’s top young basketball coaches, has made a strong imprint in his first four seasons at Stanford. After serving as an assistant coach for the Cardinal his first two seasons, Cohen was elevated to Associate Head Coach prior to the 2018-19 season.
Cohen owns a decade of experience as a college basketball mentor, including eight as a collegiate coach. He enters his fifth season at Stanford in 2020-21, previously serving as an assistant coach at Vanderbilt (2014-16), Harvard (2013-14) and Rice (2012-13).
Leading all recruiting efforts for the Cardinal program, Cohen was instrumental in landing one of the best recruiting classes in school history for 2020. Stanford’s 2020 class was regarded by nearly all the recruiting services as a top-10 class, led by top-five signee Ziaire Williams, the highest-rated student-athlete in program history.
Cohen has played an important role for a Stanford team that won 19 contests overall, finished third in the Pac-12 and won 11 conference games – its highest finish and most conference wins in 10 seasons – in 2018. The Cardinal earned a postseason berth for the first time in three years.
Regarded as one of the game’s rising young coaches, the NABC named Cohen to its prestigious 30-under-30 Team, recognizing the nation’s top assistant coaches, at the 2016 Final Four in Houston. He was invited to take part in the prestigious Athletic Director U’s Collegiate Coaching Consortium at the 2018 Final Four in San Antonio.
Cohen has a proven track record in developing point guards. Under Cohen’s tutelage, Max Guercy became the all-time assist leader at Rice, Siyani Chambers developed into a First Team All-Ivy League selection at Harvard, Wade Baldwin IV was an NBA first-round draft pick from Vanderbilt and Daejon Davis set the program’s freshman assist record and was an Pac-12 All-Freshman Team selection at Stanford. Along with Baldwin (Blazers), Cohen's roster of current NBA players he has helped develop also includes Luke Kornet (Knicks) and Damian Jones (Warriors).
Cohen arrived on The Farm prior to the 2016-17 season, after serving as an assistant coach at Vanderbilt for two seasons. He helped guide the Commodores to 40 combined victories and postseason berths in his two years in Nashville. Vanderbilt won 19 games and reached the NCAA Tournament in 2015-16.
Prior to Vanderbilt, Cohen was an assistant coach at Harvard. During the 2013-14 campaign with the Crimson, he helped guide the program to its fourth straight Ivy League title, an NCAA Tournament appearance, and program records for overall victories (27) and conference wins (13). He helped develop several All-Ivy selections, including Player of the Year Wesley Saunders.
Cohen broke into coaching during the 2012-13 season, serving as an assistant coach at Rice. He oversaw the Owl’s recruiting efforts, where he recruited all-conference and all-academic selection Marcus Jackson.
Cohen’s Pac-12 ties are deep, as a student manager at Arizona and the Director of Operations at USC. A 2008 graduate of Arizona with a degree in political science, Cohen served as a student manager and assistant video coordinator under Hall of Fame coach Lute Olson.
After a year as a graduate assistant at New Orleans, Cohen joined the staff at USC as the Trojans’ video coordinator. He was elevated to Director of Operations after just one year. Cohen spent three seasons at USC (2010-12) prior to joining the coaching staff at Rice.
Cohen, who serves on the Board of Directors for Rising Coaches Elite, was appointed to the Coaching for Literacy Coaches Council in 2017. He has overseen several elite camps, including the 2007 Nike Basketball clinic in Chengdu, China.
A native of Buffalo, New York, Cohen attended Williamsville North High School, where he served as a captain for the Spartans basketball team. Cohen and his wife, Danielle, were married in San Diego in May 2018.
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