Wake Forest Adds Three More Assistant Football Coaches
Dave Cohen was Dave Clawson's first defensive coordinator when Clawson was hired as the head coach at Fordham in 1999.

Jan. 2, 2014

By Steve Shutt, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeFB)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest University head football coach Dave Clawson today announced the addition of three more coaches to the Demon Deacon coaching staff. Clawson will retain linebacker coach Warren Belin and secondary coach Derrick Jackson. Dave Cohen is being brought on to coach the defensive line.

Belin, who coached inside linebackers in 2013, will start his second season with the Deacons. Last year he helped Wake Forest's defense rank 33rd in the nation in total defense. A 1990 Wake Forest graduate, Belin returned to his alma mater after coaching with the Carolina Panthers 2011-12. While in the NFL, he mentored linebacker Luke Kuechly in 2012 as he earned Associated Press NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year honors. A three-year starter at linebacker for Wake Forest from 1987-90, Belin has over 20 years of coaching experience including nine years in the SEC with eight seasons at Vanderbilt and one at Georgia.

During his career, Belin has also coached at SMU, William & Mary, Cornell and East Tennessee State.

Jackson will embark on his third season with the Demon Deacons. A 1993 Duke graduate who was the team's most outstanding defensive back as a junior and senior, Jackson coached Wake Forest's outside linebackers in 2012 and returned to coaching the secondary in 2013. The Deacons ranked in the top 50 nationally in passing yards allowed last fall.

Jackson coached the defensive line at Rice in 2011 and at Akron in 2010. He was the defensive line coach from 2007-09 at Syracuse where he served as co-defensive coordinator in 2008. Jackson has also coached at Michigan State, Northern Illinois, Eastern Illinois, Army and the University of West Georgia.

 

 

Cohen is the former head coach at Hofstra who was a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award in 2007 after leading the Pride to a 7-4 record. Cohen served as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Delaware from 2002-05 as the Blue Hens won the 2003 FCS national championship with a 40-0 shutout of Colgate.

A native of Huntington, N.Y. and a 1988 graduate of C.W. Post, Cohen and Clawson first coached together in 1989 and 1990 at the University of Albany under legendary head coach Bob Ford. When Clawson became the head coach at Fordham in 1999, Cohen became his first defensive coordinator and linebacker coach. Most recently, Cohen was the defensive coordinator at Western Michigan in 2009-10 and the linebackers coach at Rutgers in 2012 before adding coordinator duties in 2013.

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