Associate Head Basketball Coach, Stanford University
Adam Cohen, recognized as one of the nation’s top young basketball coaches, has made a strong imprint in his first two seasons at Stanford. After serving as an assistant coach for the Cardinal his first two seasons, head coach Jerod Haase elevated Cohen to Associate Head Coach prior to the 2018-19 season.
Cohen owns a decade of experience as a college basketball mentor, including six as a collegiate coach. He enters his third season at Stanford in 2018-19, previously serving as an assistant coach for two seasons at Vanderbilt (2014-15 and 2015-16), and one season each at Harvard (2013-14) and Rice (2012-13).
Regarded as a top-notch teacher with a strong pedigree for developing talent, Cohen has helped mentor several all-conference players. Primarily working with Stanford’s perimeter players, he has made a strong impact on the group. Freshman point guard Daejon Davis earned a spot on the Pac-12’s five-member All-Freshman Team – Stanford’s first member in six seasons. Senior Dorian Pickens was an all-conference selection for his performance on the court and was voted the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year for his efforts in the classroom in 2018.
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 this past season.
Leading all recruiting efforts for the Cardinal program, Cohen was instrumental in landing one of the best recruiting classes in school history. Stanford’s 2017 class was regarded by nearly all the recruiting services as a top-10 class, ranked as high as eighth by Rivals. Stanford’s group of signees is 2018 is rated as high as No. 22 nationally.
Cohen is regarded as one of the game’s rising young coaches. The National Association of Basketball Coaches 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 a 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, 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.