In the months between handing in his Spartan jersey and tossing his graduation cap, Jeremy Cohen landed an opportunity in the world of professional athletics and took off running.
The Spartan linebacker got his foot in the door as an intern with World Class Athlete Management in the spring of 2012 and has climbed the ladder to become a certified NFL agent and MLB player advisor with BTI Sports.
“The path to being a sports agent is a very long road,” Cohen said. “It takes a lot of dedication and persistence, which I give credit to developing during my time as a Spartan.”
After graduating Castleton with a bachelors in Sports Administration and a minor in Business Management, Cohen moved to Manhattan to work, develop contacts, and become more immersed in the professional sports industry. About a year later, he ventured outside the city limits to pursue his master of science in Marketing from Manhattanville College School of Business.
While balancing a career with academics, Cohen said he added work with the MLB to his repertoire and had the opportunity recruit his first professional baseball client who was drafted in the top 10 rounds by the Cincinnati Reds.
“Today I work with NFL and MLB players in regards to preparing them for the draft, negotiating their playing contracts, and marketing,” he said.
Cohen credits his unwavering professional drive to his time spent as a student-athlete with Castleton’s football and tennis teams.
“I carried over my work ethic as an athlete into becoming a sports agent,” he said. “When I am dealing with NFL and MLB teams and players I like to look back and remember how all of my hard work as a Spartan is still with me today in my professional career.”
As a student-athlete, Cohen was a part of many pivotal moments with the young football program. From suiting up in the inaugural season and claiming the team’s first winning conference season, he made history in Spartan Stadium.
“But many of the greatest moments are the ones that were seen by just a few,” he said. “In the 5:45am workouts many times it felt like the work ahead of us was impossible, but we always came together as a team to complete the task at hand.”
For Cohen, he said his time as a student-athlete went far beyond putting on a Spartan green jersey over shoulder pads or swinging a racket, instead it gave him an identity.
“Being a Spartan for me was not about being a single athlete, but a part of a special community,” he said.