Inductee Profile

Ron Cohen

shof-2013-Ron_CohenRon Cohen has been the head football coach at George Washington High School for the past 28 years and is the winningest coach in Philadelphia City history.

A graduate of Germantown High School, he lettered in baseball, football and track. He also played football for the Temple Owls, where he earned a degree in Health and Physical Education in 1966. After stints at Simon Gratz, Roxborough and Lincoln High schools, he became head coach of George Washington in 1985. In his very first season there, the Eagles earned a berth in the Public League championship game. The Blue& Gold last won the Public School Championship in 2011.

A three time winner of the Philadelphia Eagles Coach of the Month Award, Cohen is the first coach in his school’s history to win ten consecutive games and has been named Coach of the Year on nine different occasions. He also holds the city record for most playoff wins with 55 and has coached seven Big 33 football stars, including four players who have gone on to play in the NFL. He has been named the Philadelphia Daily News “Coach of the Decade” and was elected to the Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Hall of Fame in Hershey in 2007 and the City All Star Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.

Working directly under Superintendent of Schools Paul Vallas, Cohen, with a budget of over 30 million dollars, created the concept of building four “super sites”, artificial turf fields and all-weather tracks, which could be used by all student athletes in the city.

Balancing the teaching of Health and Phys Ed while also coaching, Cohen says his happiest times include seeing his former players and enjoying life with his family.