Josh Cohen is the Director of Sport at NEGS. Josh is passionate about basketball which is his favourite sport to play and teach to students.
With parents who have both played sport their whole lives, Josh grew up playing basketball and going to games with his mum. His love and dedicated training paid off and basketball has taken Josh all over the world playing in international basketball tournaments in Asia, America and New Zealand. In high school he played for Australia and after school was a development player for the Hunter Pirates, a professional NBL team.
Josh started a degree at the University of Newcastle following a knee injury which forced him to put his training on hold for a while. In his last year of University Josh started playing for a basketball team in Darwin and every week they would fly him from Newcastle to Darwin to play and train with the team.
After University Josh worked for NSW Health as a health promotion officer before becoming a teacher. In 2016 Josh started at NEGS, moving his young family from Newcastle to Armidale.
‘I immediately loved the feel of the school as soon as I arrived for my interview. Coming from Newcastle to Armidale in the middle of winter took a little adjustment but it didn’t take long. NEGS is such a welcoming and positive environment in which to work. The best thing about NEGS is the small community feel. As a teacher you get to know every student’s name and you can have a conversation with each one.’
Having a young family, Josh greatly appreciates all that Armidale has to offer with regards to how easy it is raising a family. In 2019 NEGS was fortunate to have Josh’s wife, Dr Kristen Cohen, join us as the Netball High Performance Coach.
Josh’s greatest influence for his basketball career is the late Kobe Bryant, due to his work ethic. ‘Kobe was always the first player in the gym and the last one out. He liked to outwork people and I like to model my career around that’. In his teaching career Josh is inspired by his own PE teacher in high school, but his number one influences are his wife and parents.
Last year Josh reignited his love of playing basketball and joined the Tamworth Thunderbolts. The rest of his spare time is spent with his young family. Whilst playing for Australia is one of the achievements of which he is most proud, being a good father remains his number one.