Posted by Bill Osborne
John Cohen, Director of Athletics at Mississippi State University spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at the club’s August 24 meeting. He started his presentation with the school motto “Hail State", which is also the name of the school’s athletic website. 

Cohen discussed the successes of the athletes and teams both on the field and in the classroom as well as his history with the university both as a student and as a staff member. Cohen also brought the 2021 College World Series National Championship Trophy to the meeting. He is shown (left) holding the trophy with Don Roberts (Center), club Administrative Secretary/Treasurer, and Rotarian Jeff Adcock (right) who is a rabid MSU fan in the following photo.

Cohen played baseball at MSU and returned as head baseball coach in 2008. He was previously head baseball coach at the Northwestern State University of Louisiana and the University of Kentucky. He became MSU Director of Athletics in 2016. 

In his presentation, Cohen emphasized that  MSU athletes achieved a 3.18.grade-point average in 2020-2021. It should be noted that the national championship that MSU won this year in baseball is the first national championship in school history. 

In addition to discussing the successes of MSU athletes, Cohen reviewed plans to upgrade Davis Wade Football Stadium, the softball facility, and the renovation and modernization of Humphrey Coliseum. These projects follow the recent upgrade of Dudy Noble baseball facility.

We thank Cohen for speaking tour club and for his commitment and success at MSU. His presentation and the complete meeting may be seen by clicking the following link: https://vimeo.com/591965195.