Posted: Jul 16, 2018
PASADENA (July 16, 2018) – The Caltech Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation has named Jason Cohen as head coach of the men's tennis program.
"We are thrilled to welcome Jason to our team," Betsy Mitchell, Director of APER, said. "He showed himself to be a very student-focused coach. His balance of drive, intensity and competitiveness with an attention to student development and academic understanding are all exceptional assets. We believe he is the right person to continue the upward trajectory of the men's tennis program."
Preceding Head Coach Mandy Gamble will assume her regular duties exclusively with the women's tennis program. Gamble completed her 15th season as the head coach of both teams this past year and with the men's team coming off a banner year and a 33rd-place finish in the final ITA Rankings, Cohen will inherit a program with proven success while Gamble turns her full attention to the women's team.
"We are extremely appreciative of Coach Gamble's contributions to both programs over the last decade and a half," Mitchell said. "We believe narrowing her focus to one team and lightening her workload will only expand upon the solid foundation she has created while allowing both teams to flourish in the present and future."
Cohen has spent the last three years as the head coach of the men's and women's tennis teams at Colby College, where he amassed a combined 51-45 record between both programs while also guiding his teams to ITA All-Academic honors in 2016 and 2017. Prior to coaching at Colby, Cohen had a four-year run coaching both teams at Juniata College where he put together a combined 94-51 record. A 2015 graduate of the USTA High Performance Coaching Program, Cohen's greatest success came that same year when he led the Juniata men to the 2015 Landmark Conference title, the first championship in school history for either tennis program while also leading the women's team to an ECAC Division III title at the same time.
"I'm very thankful for the opportunity," Cohen said. "Having one coach for each team will be a very positive step to help each team progress forward and compete at a very high level. I'm excited to get to Caltech and work with all the incredible student-athletes while competing with the rest of the conference and hopefully continuing the upward trend in the national rankings."
Cohen, a Baltimore native, played first singles at Stevenson University for four years and is the winningest player in the history of the program, setting the singles record with 39 wins and setting the doubles mark with 36 wins. He won team MVP in each of his four years and twice earned first-team recognition in the North Eastern Athletics Conference (NEAC). Cohen also led Stevenson to two NEAC championships in his final two seasons before graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in computer information systems and immediately transitioning into the role of head men's and women's coach the very next year.