Boston, MA – Following sixty years of service and support to the sport and the organization, Irwin Cohen has retired as commissioner of the New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association (NEICAAA) effective after the 2023 Outdoor Track & Field Championship meet.
From his undergraduate days as a competitor at Northeastern University, he went on to a 20 year coaching career for the Huskies including as head coach. Cohen moved from coaching to administration at his alma mater in 1983 when he was named athletic director, serving for 10 years in the role. During that time, he also served a term as the NEICAAA president. After retiring from Northeastern, Cohen stepped into the role of NEICAAA Commissioner in 1999, managing the organization's administrative functions and championship events for 23 years. He is also a member of the Massachusetts Track & Field Officials Association, and is a USATF Certified Official.
"In my 25 years working with Irwin as our Commissioner, his decisions were always based on one principle: What is most beneficial to the student-athletes", noted colleague and retired University of Rhode Island coach John Copeland. "His love for the sport of track and field showed through every day. He will be missed in the position."