The Denver Outlaws have added Jon Cohen, who has been the team’s assistant general manager for the past three seasons, to the coaching staff, the club announced on Thursday. Cohen will continue to work as the Outlaws’ assistant general manager in addition to his assistant coaching duties.
Cohen will help the coaching staff with substitutions as well as advance scouting work.
“The Denver Outlaws welcome Jon Cohen to our coaching staff for the 2014 season,” General Manager Tony Seaman said. “We believe that he is an outstanding addition to Head Coach B.J. O’Hara’s staff. His technical lacrosse skills speak for themselves and his organizational skills are second to none.”
Cohen finished his third season as the team’s assistant general manager in 2013, helping with a club that became the first in MLL history to finish a season undefeated. Denver set 21 team records and 10 MLL records in 2013 on its way to become the first team in MLL history and just the fourth team in North American major pro sports to finish a regular season undefeated.
Cohen enters his eighth season with the Outlaws in 2014 having worked as a visiting team liaison (2007), head equipment manager (2008-10) and assistant general manager (2011-13).
Overall, Denver has a 64-24 (.727 pct.) record in Cohen’s time with the club, which represents the best record in the league in that span. In his three years as assistant general manager, Denver has amassed a 32-8 (.800 pct.) record with a +179 goal differential that is more than 100 goals better than the second-highest differential in that span.
The second-longest tenured member of the team’s player/coach roster behind defenseman Lee Zink, Cohen has worked under four head coaches in his first seven years with the Outlaws. Denver has made the playoffs in all seven seasons that Cohen has been on the club’s staff.
“The Denver Outlaws are a first-class organization,” Cohen said. “It has been an amazing experience working alongside such passionate and knowledgeable general managers in Brian Reese and Tony Seaman. I look forward to helping Coach O’Hara and the rest of the staff this season. I would like to thank Mac Freeman, Coach O’Hara, Tony Seaman, and the rest of the Outlaws organization for giving me this opportunity.”