Cohen inducted into NYS Basketball Hall of Fame

03.19.14

Last Sunday, SUNY Potsdam's Assistant Men's Basketball Coach Stan Cohen was inducted into the New York State Basketball Hall of Fame. Cohen has been a part of the Bears basketball family as a teacher and mentor for student-athletes for 40 years.  He has had a tremendous impact on the players and the program.

Coach Cohen's induction as a member of the Class of 2014 took place during the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Basketball Tournament in Glens Falls.  Several Bears supporters joined Cohen at the ceremony. Former player and assistant coach Jon Tanous '05, current head coach Sherry Dobbs Jr., current assistant Tim Helms and also former players Brian Nortz, Chad Hodkinson '95 made the trip.  Cohen was also joined by Potsdam's first All-American and fellow NYS Hall of Famer Mike Deane '74.

A graduate of Hobart College, Cohen served as co-captain of the 1955-56 Statesmen basketball team. That Hobart squad finished with the best winning percentage in program history.  Cohen's portfolio is long and distinguished with a 696-443-career record (.611 winning percentage).  Along with it, he was an influence for both NCAA Division III National Championship teams (1981, 1986) and three NCAA Division National Runners-Up (1979, 1982, and 1985).

Long-term success also included nine NCAA East Regional Championships ('79-'83, '85'-'87, '89) and 10 SUNYAC Men's Basketball Championships ('74, '77-'80, '83, '86, '87, 2004-5).

During a stretch from November 22, 1985 to March 14, 1987, the Bears went on a 60-game winning streak.  Cohen was there for that too.

In his time with the Bears, Cohen has helped coach eight All-Americans (five two-time All-Award winners) and three National Players of the Year.  During that time, the Bears made 15 NCAA Tournament appearances and posted a 35-13 record.

His basketball experience goes beyond that with another 16 seasons as head men's basketball coach at SUNY Canton (247-143 record) and seven additional seasons as the Roos' women's basketball coach (79-57 record).

For his efforts, Cohen is already an elected member of both the SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam Hall of Fame.