Meet the Staff: LB Coach Dave Cohen

Rutgers coach Kyle Flood has never been the head of a college program, but his new linebacker coach has. Former Hofstra head coach Dave Cohen, who most recently worked at Western Michigan, discussed his thoughts on joining the Scarlet Knights on a Tuesday conference call with Flood and the media.

Rutgers linebacker coach Dave Cohen brings a lot to the table for the Scarlet Knights. Cohen has a strong relationship with head coach Kyle Flood, a deep background in working with defenses and long-standing ties to recruiting areas.

Most importantly, however, Cohen has college head-coaching experience, running Hofstra before the program closed.

"As I was putting the staff together, I wanted to make sure that the coaches that we brought here had a good variety of experiences that were different than mine, so that when we sit around the room and I need to gather opinions," said head coach Kyle Flood. "I wasn't for nine opinions that would be the same as mine. I was looking for guys that might have some different opinions that can bring some different ideas to the table."

Cohen's ties to Flood date back to time at Hofstra and FCS powerhouse Delaware. Along with head-coaching experience, Cohen brings National Championship experience during his time with the Blue Hens.

"He actually was the defensive coordinator for the only shutout in the history of the I-AA National Championship Game in 2003," Flood said. "He's as fine a defensive coach as there is. He's from here, from Long Island, New York, has tremendous recruiting ties to the area. I always hoped at some point if I became a head coach, that I would be able to have him on staff to work with. "

In recruiting, Cohen has already hit the trail in North Jersey, reaching out to many of Rutgers top targets in the area like Alquadin Muhammad, Tashawn Bower, Tre Bell and Charlie Callinan.

"Coach Cohen has some very strong built-in ties in the Northern half of New Jersey and in New York, having been at Hofstra," Flood said. "We're still finalizing recruiting areas, but certainly it would make sense to keep him in those spots. I think when he walks into school, like anything else, if you can walk in the school and you have a built-in relationship with the head coach and some assistants in that school, the recruiting process always works better and more efficiently."

Cohen has an opportunity for an instant splash at linebacker coach with the returning players for next season. Losing just Edmond Laryea, Cohen is excited to coach reigning co-Big East Defensive Player of the Year Khaseem Greene and the rest of the linebackers.

"I'm trying just not to screw this thing up," Cohen said. "There are some really good athletes and players. We're going to keep this thing going, which [defensive coordinator Robb Smith] and Coach Schiano started and just continue what they were doing last year."

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