Dave Cohen (American football)

Dave Cohen
Sport(s) College football
Current position
Title Defensive coordinator
Team Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Conference Big East Conference
Biographical details
Born (1966-10-06) October 6, 1966
Huntington, New York
Playing career
1984–1987 LIU – C.W. Post
Position(s) Defensive tackle
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1988–1990 Albany (LB)
1991–1993 Lafayette (LB)
1994–1998 Delaware (LB)
1999–2001 Fordham (DC)
2002–2005 Delaware (DC)
2006–2009 Hofstra
2010–2011 Western Michigan (DC)
2012 Rutgers (LB)
2013–present Rutgers (DC)
Accomplishments and honors
  • NCAA I-AA Defensive Coordinator of the Year (American Football Monthly, 2004)

David Marc "Dave" Cohen (born October 6, 1966) is the current defensive line coach at Wake Forest University. Cohen comes to Wake after a controversial stint as the former defensive coordinator at Rutgers University, after serving one year as linebackers coach.[1] He was formerly the defensive coordinator for the Western Michigan Broncos football team[2][3] and the final head coach of Hofstra University's football program.[3] He coached the Pride from 2006 through 2009, when Hofstra announced that it was dropping football due to economic and popularity considerations, just days after the season. In his five seasons as head coach, Cohen compiled an 18–27 overall record.


Cohen was born in Huntington, New York, and attended Commack High School in Long Island, New York from 1980–1984. He then attended Long Island University C.W. Post Campus from 1984–1988 where he earned a bachelor's degree in business management. Cohen then received his master's degree in education administration from the University of Albany in 1990.

Cohen is married to his wife Denise and have two children, Charlie and Brian.

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Rank#
Hofstra Pride (Atlantic 10 Conference) (2006)
2006 Hofstra 2–9 1–7 11th (North)
Hofstra Pride (Colonial Athletic Association) (2007–2009)
2007 Hofstra 7–4 4–4 6th (North)
2008 Hofstra 4–8 2–6 8th (North)
2009 Hofstra 5–6 3–5 8th (North)
Total: 18–27
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates Bowl Coalition, Bowl Alliance, BCS, or CFP / New Years' Six bowl.
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.


  1. url=http://www.nj.com/rutgersfootball/index.ssf/2013/02/rutgers_names_ron_prince_offen.html
  2. "HOMECOMING: HOFSTRA UP NEXT FOR BLUE HENS". US States News. October 12, 2006.
  3. 1 2 "Cohen hired as new coach at Hofstra". The Associated Press. December 12, 2005.
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