January 11, 2013 Updated: July 3, 2013 at 9:27 am
After five years as football coach at Liberty, Jaron Cohen will be leaving the Lancers to take the same position at Hinkley High School in Aurora in the fall.
Cohen arrived in 2008 – inheriting a 15-game losing streak – and in his second season guided the Lancers to their first 4A football conference championship, earning him The Gazette Coach of the Year in 2009.
“I am excited to take on the challenge of rebuilding a 5A program in Hinkley and believe there is a lot of talent there from film study that can be very successful,” Cohen said. “I have been extremely fortunate to work with a great administrative team and community that I have had during my five years at Liberty. Moving from Connecticut, I couldn’t have asked for a better situation, school and community to be a part of.”
Hinkley has recorded a 2-8 record each of the past two seasons and hasn’t had a winning record in more than a decade. However, Cohen is confident he can get things on track, much like he did at Liberty.
“I felt a great deal of support from Hinkley’s administration to get the football program turned around; they are ready to give me the support needed to build a successful program,” said Cohen, who had a 24-27 overall record at Liberty. “It felt like a great fit from my meeting with the principal, the school athletic director and the district athletic director.”
Although he has mixed emotions about leaving the school he has been on the sidelines for during the last half-decade, Cohen is happy with how his time there played out.
“I feel proud of the strides we made on and off the field at Liberty and know that we are in a better spot now than when I arrived,” he said. “I will miss the relationships with the parents, faculty, administration, central office and the players, but this is an opportunity that I can’t pass up.”