West Chester

WEST CHESTER, Pa. – West Chester University announced that it has hired Amy Cohen to lead the Golden Rams into a new era when they jump into the ranks of Division II and the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference in the fall.

Cohen becomes just the eighth head coach in the history of West Chester University’s storied program, succeeding Kathy Krannebitter, who held that post since 1985 and is its all-time leader in coaching victories with 226.

“I am truly excited to become a part of the West Chester University athletics family,” Cohen said. “West Chester has a rich history in field hockey, and I am looking forward to many years of success both on and off the field.

“I am grateful for the opportunity that has been given to me by (athletics director) Dr. Edward Matejkovic and can’t wait to get started with the team.”

Cohen comes to West Chester University from Susquehanna University, where she spent the last five years as head coach of the Crusaders field hockey squad, leading them to a school-record 12 wins last season and a spot in the conference semifinals. She authored a 42-50 overall record in five years at Susquehanna, averaging 11 wins over the past two seasons and reaching the conference championship game in 2009.

In addition, Cohen coached the 2009 Landmark Conference rookie of the year in Ally Bradley, who also earned a spot on the Longstreth National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division III all-region team in each of the past two seasons. This past fall, Susquehanna senior Julia Amendola was selected to participate in the NFHCA Division III senior all-star game.

“Coach Cohen’s enthusiasm and competitiveness is what separates her from the rest,” West Chester University Director of Athletics Dr. Edward M. Matejkovic said. “We think she is an excellent choice to lead West Chester field hockey into this new chapter in the program’s history. We were looking for somebody who could step into this position and help West Chester be successful in the PSAC and at Division II right away.”

Cohen, a native of Linwood, N.J., previously served as an assistant coach at the University of Delaware for four seasons before taking over the reins at Susquehanna, helping guide the Blue Hens to the Colonial Athletic Association championship in 2004.

A 2002 graduate of Lafayette College with a bachelor's degree in History, Cohen was a four-year starting goalkeeper for the Leopards (1998-2001). The team captured the Patriot League championship in 1999 while Cohen earned second team All-Mideast Region honors. She still ranks second all-time in Lafayette history with 541 saves and twice finished among the Division I leaders in goals against average.

Also during her time at Lafayette, Cohen was vice president of the college's Sports Council for Athletics and was a three-time Patriot League academic honor roll member.

During the past 10 years, Cohen has been a coach in the USA Field Hockey Futures program and has worked a number of summer camps, including the University of Delaware Blue Hen Elite Field Hockey Camp, where she was in charge of curriculum for three years.

Cohen earned a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Delaware in 2005.