Auburn University appoints new athletic director

AUBURN, Ala. (WHNT) — In a day of upheaval, Auburn University announced it had named John Cohen as its 16th director of athletics.

That same day, the university announced it was parting ways with head coach Brian Harsin and named former Auburn running back Carnell “Cadillac” Williams as interim head coach. The university also announced a leadership change at the top of its athletics department.

Cohen comes to the Plains after spending 14 years at Mississippi State, most recently as athletic director for the past six years.

Chairman Dr. Chris Roberts said Cohen’s experience is a key factor that makes him perfect for the new role.

“John has a wealth of experience in college athletics, particularly in the Southeastern Conference and his resume and credentials are impeccable,” Roberts said. “His leadership and success as a head coach and athletic director speaks for itself. John will embrace Auburn and be a tremendous leader for our athletics program as we move forward.

Cohen began his career in college athletics as a baseball player at Mississippi State (MSU) before embarking on a 25-year coaching career where he was twice named Coach of the Year. of the SEC.

He was named athletic director at MSU in 2016 and oversaw athletic, academic and facility improvement success.

Cohen said he was very grateful to join the Auburn team.

“I am extremely grateful to President Roberts for the opportunity to be the next athletic director at Auburn University,” Cohen said. “Auburn is an incredibly special place, as evidenced by the Hall of Fame coaches and athletes who have been part of its rich history. I understand the traditions and values ​​of Auburn and look forward to continuing those traditions. I am humbled and honored to join the Auburn family.

Cohen’s first act as athletic director was to elevate Rich McGlynn to assistant athletic director.


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