Coach Eric Cohu (’96) has proven to be more than his title suggests. Though he is a coach — a championship winning coach — he also is an educator, mentor, leader and friend to many on and off the football field.
Cohu graduated from the University with a degree in human resource management but soon found himself in a coaching position at a small, Christian grade school in Jackson, Tennessee, in 1999. He went on to coach for two other Christian schools in Lynchburg, Virginia, and Huntsville, Alabama, bringing his overall coaching record to 155-26 with eight regional championships and four state championships, three as head coach.
While working as a part-time adjunct professor teaching sport ethics at Liberty University, Cohu started working full time as the offensive coordinator for the Israeli National Football Team. He lived and coached in Israel from May through September 2016.
“I really enjoyed working in Israel this past summer,” Cohu said. “Developing relationships with the players, fellow coaches and Israelis was extremely rewarding. Those lasting friendships initiated through the game of football are significant. Their love for the game as their motive for playing is very refreshing to me.”
Cohu’s wife, Carolyn Escue, graduated from the University in 1995. The Cohus have two children: Cassie is a junior in high school, and freshman Baylor plays football for the University.
When Cohu returned to the states in September, he began working as the national director of the Friends of the Israel Football League, promoting the IFL around the U.S. This includes securing sponsorships, getting used football equipment donated to the league, and touring across the South to speak about his experiences working in Israel.
“I really enjoy investing in people,” Cohu said. “Working with high school and college students for most of my career, I’ve been able to see them grow and develop character. I think it’s very important that we use our gifts to advance the kingdom of God and not simply personal agendas. If I can use my vocation as a way to pass on faith and help build godly character, then that certainly excites me.”