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Stanford men's basketball hires another assistant coach

 

Adam Cohen, recognized as one of the nation's top rising basketball coaches, has been named an men's assistant coach at Stanford, head coach Jerod Haase announced on Wednesday.

"Adam has risen quickly in the profession," Haase said. "He has developed a stellar reputation in the industry as a high-level recruiter and an excellent coach. His vision for the program is the same as mine, which is to play for championships. We are thrilled to welcome him to Stanford."

Cohen comes to The Farm after serving as an assistant coach at Vanderbilt the past two seasons. He helped guide the Commodores to 40 combined victories and postseason berths in each of the past two years in Nashville, Tennessee. Vanderbilt won 19 games, reaching the NCAA Tournament in 2015-16.

With eight seasons of experience, including the last four as an assistant coach, Cohen is regarded as one of the game's rising young coaches. The National Association of Basketball Coaches named Cohen to its prestigious 30-under-30 Team, recognizing the nation's top assistant coaches, at the 2016 Final Four in Houston.

Prior to Vanderbilt, Cohen was an assistant coach at Harvard. During the 2013-14 campaign with the Crimson, he helped guide the program to its fourth straight Ivy League title, an NCAA Tournament appearance, and program records for overall victories (27) and conference wins (13). He helped develop several All-Ivy selections, including Player of the Year Wesley Saunders.

Cohen broke into coaching during the 2012-13 season, serving as an assistant coach at Rice.

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Kodye Pugh, regarded as a consensus top-100 prospect nationally, signed a National Letter of Intent with Stanford, Director of Men's Basketball Jerod Haase announced Wednesday.

"We are thrilled to officially have Kodye as a member of the program," Haase said. "His personality and character fit in great with the team off the court. On the court, he is long, lean, and skilled. His talents and versatility are perfect for how we want to play."

The 6-8 small forward is a member of the Rivals100 team and is rated a top-100 prospect by both Scout.com and 247Sports.com. He is ranked No. 11 at his position by 247Sports.com and No. 21 by ESPN.com in its national position rankings.

Pugh recently completed a stellar scholastic career at Blair Academy in Blairstown, N.J., where he is set to graduate in June.

He averaged 14 points and six rebounds during his senior season for the Buccaneers, earning All-Mid-Atlantic Prep League honors this past winter. Pugh guided Blair Academy to an appearance in the finals of the 2016 New Jersey stae high school prep championships.

A Baltimore native, Pugh played two seasons at Boys' Latin School of Maryland after beginning his high school career at Archbishop Spalding.

He was a two-time Most Valuable Player and two-time all-conference selection at Boys' Latin School of Maryland.

The small forward averaged 20.2 points and 10.1 rebounds with 14 double-doubles as a junior, en route to First Team All-Metro honors by the Baltimore Sun.

Pugh was also a second-team All-USA Maryland Boys Basketball selection and a DMVelite All-Maryland first-team pick his junior season. He led the Lakers to a 24-6 record and the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference championship in 2015.

The standout forward was invited to compete in several all-star camps, including the Reebok Classic Breakout Camp in Philadelphia, and the Under Armour All-America Camp in Charlotte.

Pugh joins Pasadena standout Trevor Stanback in Stanford's 2016 signing class.

Tennis

The Tennis Recruiting Network reported Wednesday that the Stanford women's team signed the nation's No. 2 rated recruiting class.

Blue chip prospect Emma Higuchi, from Southern California, committed along with four-star prospect Lexi Milunovich of Connecticut and Great Britain's Emily Arbuthnott.

The Network also reported the Cardinal men signed blue chip prospect William Genesen of Tulsa.

Women's gymnastics

Stanford will compete at the NCAA Championships for the ninth time in the past 10 years, and 16th time overall, as it heads to Fort Worth, Texas, this weekend.

The Cardinal competes in the first of two six-team semifinal groups on Friday at 11 a.m. (PT) at the Fort Worth Convention Center. The top three teams from each semifinal will advance to the Super Six team finals on Saturday at 6 p.m.

Stanford is seeking its eighth Super Six berth since 2002. The Cardinal is one of seven teams in the nation to make at least seven Super Six appearances in the past 14 years (2002-14).

Track and field

Reigning Pac-12 discus champion Valarie Allman of Stanford was named Pac-12 Women's Field Athlete of the Week for her double victories in Stanford's victory over Cal in the Big Meet on Saturday.

Allman won the hammer and discus at the 122nd Big Meet, helping Stanford to a 114-48 victory in the dual in Berkeley.

Allman set a lifetime best of more than four feet to win the hammer, moving up to No. 6 on Stanford's all-time performers' list with a toss of 189-1 (57.63m). Her winning throw of 184-2 (56.13m) in the discus would have placed her No. 10 among collegians this year, except that she had a longer throw earlier this season.

This was Allman's second Big Meet discus victory in as many years.and her second Pac-12 honor in four weeks.

Women's volleyball

Stanford junior setter Kelsey Humphreys will join 11 other Pac-12 players on a conference all-star team heading to China June 18-July 1, the conference announced. Leading the trip will be UCLA women's volleyball coach Mike Sealy.

Humphreys has backed-up three-time Pac-12 Setter of the Year Madi Bugg for the past three seasons for the Cardinal. In 2015, she appeared in all 30 matches as a serving specialist. The science, technology and society major was a 2015 Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention selection.

The tour is another milestone for Pac-12 Global, an initiative to promote goodwill and transformative life experiences through student-athlete exchanges and sport, and to showcase the conference and its member institutions in China. Student-athlete tours have been organized in the sports of men's and women's basketball, as well as women's volleyball.

The 12-member all-star volleyball team includes a player from 11 of the Pac-12 institutions and will play six matches while in China from June 19-July 1 against Chinese club and national teams. In addition to the matches, the student-athletes will enjoy cultural and sightseeing visits to Shanghai, Nanjing and Beijing. Previous all-star teams have made visits to the Great Wall, Forbidden City and other attractions.

— Stanford Athletics

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