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Cohen Named Coach of the Year Finalist

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WCBI Sports/MSU Athletics) - John Cohen is receiving recognition for leading the Mississippi State baseball team to the College World Series Final. Cohen is named as a finalist for the National Coach of the Year award, an award he won in 2006 at Kentucky.

Two opponents that MSU beat this season see their coaches on the list, Virginia’s Brian O’Connor and Indiana’s Tracy Smith. UCLA’s John Savage is also a finalist.

The winner will be announced Wednesday.

Cohen, in his fifth season, has been associated with three of Mississippi State’s four 50-win campaigns as a player (1989-90) and now as a head coach (2013). has been selecting a national coach of the year since 2003.