AVON, Feb. 13 – Aaron Cohen has been named as the new varsity boys lacrosse coach at Avon High, according to Tim Filton, director of athletics and student activities at Avon High.
Cohen, who has been the assistant coach at Avon High the last four seasons, replaces Scott Kossbiel. He is the fifth coach in team history.
Cohen has a deep lacrosse background and has coached lacrosse at several age levels. “I am excited to have Aaron lead our program for years to come,” Filon said. “His familiarity with our student athletes and the community as a whole, will only enhance the success of our program moving forward.”
Cohen graduated from Hofstra where he played NCAA Division I lacrosse under long-time coach John Danowski, who has won three national championships.
Cohen has served on the Avon Youth Lacrosse board and coached for seven years in the Avon Youth Lacrosse program, leading four boys teams to the Connecticut Valley Youth Lacrosse finals.
A trained emergency medical technician (EMT), Cohen is a member of the ski instructor and emergency response team at Ski Sundown in New Hartford. Cohen lives in Avon with his wife, Ellen, and their children, Samantha, Sarah and Nicholas.
The Falcons open the 2018 campaign with a home game against Berlin at 4 p.m. at Buckingham Field.
Kossbiel led the Falcons to an 8-10 record a year ago and a berth in the CIAC Class M tournament. He also coached the Falcons for five years from 2009-13, leading Avon to two NCCC championships in 2010 and 2013.
Kossbiel led Avon to the Class M semifinals in 2012 — Avon’s deepest state tournament run. In 2013, his Falcons went undefeated (16-0) in the regular season before finishing the year at 18-1 and the most victories in a single season in team history. Avon lost in the quarterfinals to eventual state champion Wilton. Kossbiel’s career record over six seasons was 74-38.