Scott Cohen’s record as a swimming coach is truly remarkable. He has coached eleven Colorado High School Swimmers of the Year, 25 Colorado State Champions, 173 National All-American performances and 86 National Academic All-Americans. Under his leadership, the Smoky Hill High School 2011 Women’s Swim Team finished fourth in the nation in academic standing, showing that Cohen values academic success as much as athletic success. Cohen has also been named Swimming Coach of the Year four times, most recently in 2011.
But those who know Cohen say his accomplishments as a role model and mentor are even more impressive than his achievements as a coach. That’s why he was recently honored as an Asset Champion, by the Community Asset Project (CAP).
“Scott has a natural, soft-spoken, positive demeanor and always seems to bring out the best in everyone,” said Steve Cohen (no relation), a member of the CAP Board of Directors. “His mentoring and low-key positive attitude help young people build self-esteem and values that will follow them into adulthood.”
Cohen is also the SHHS Activities Director, where he oversees hundreds of students and activities, including major events like graduation. He also coaches the Piney Creek Heat swim team made up of kids aged five and up.
“Scott is a big proponent of good sportsmanship and his athletes follow suit by always being good sports when in competition,” said Steve Cohen. “By being the best he can be, his support of his athletes encourages their best performances not only in the pool but in the classroom as well. For his tireless efforts to produce the best in every student, the CAP Board is proud to present the Asset Champion award to Scott Cohen.”
The CAP Asset Champion Award recognizes people who support youth through developmental assets, which are 40 common sense things that help youth grow up to be responsible, caring, motivated and healthy adults. It is a framework that helps all kids reach their highest potential and avoid becoming involved in health compromising behaviors.
The Community Asset Project is a partner of the Cherry Creek School District. It positively impacts more than 50,000 students and their families through youth leadership training, Positive Behavior Supports, drug and alcohol abuse prevention, suicide prevention and other important programs. For more information, visit www.assetsconnect.org.