Jason Cohen became the first Caltech men's tennis coach on July 16, 2018 following a decision to split the men's and women's coaching jobs for the first time ever. He inherited an Intercollegiate Tennis Association Top-40 program and upon his arrival was tasked with moving the Beavers further up the rankings while becoming increasingly competitive with the nations top programs and continuing a tradition of academic success. Since taking over, Cohen has coached Caltech to its first three top-25 wins ever with its highest coming at home against No. 14 Pomona-Pitzer Colleges, a team the Beavers had yet to beat at the time. Cohen's coaching has also allowed rising juniors Varun Shanker and James Wei to flourish both together and individually. The duo won the ITA Regional Tournament in Fall 2018 while Shanker later went on to become Caltech's first ever singles All-American after qualifying for the national singles tournament and posting a year-end ranking of 10th in the nation.
Cohen possesses outstanding credentials as a former Division III coach and player in addition to a winning pedigree at high-academic institutions. He spent the previous three years coaching the men's and women's tennis programs at Colby College, where he amassed a combined 51-45 record between both programs while also guiding his teams to ITA All-Academic honors for three straight years from 2016 to 2018. While at Colby, Cohen coached Scott Altmeyer to the ITA Northeast Player to Watch list and in 2017 coached Vlad Murad to ITA All-American status in addition to the Elite 90 Award and ITA Most Improved Senior award. He also coached both men's and women's programs to the national rankings with the latter program achieving its first national ranking in 15 years back in 2018. 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.
The 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.