Class of 1983, 1987
Instructor, Savannah State University, Retired
Michael Cohen is a native of Savannah, born to Howard and Carol Cohen. Michael made a name for himself in the sport of Olympic weightlifting, having won many National, Junior National, Senior, and Master Championships. Michael is a three time Olympian. He made the 1980 Olympic team and went on to be a member of the 2000 and 2004 Olympic team as the head coach.
In 1988, Cohen founded Team Savannah. He began the program as a teacher at Jenkins High School. Under his direction, Team Savannah has dominated the sport of weightlifting for the last 20 years, producing many National, World, and even Olympic athletes. He retired from teaching in 1996 when the Paul Anderson / Howard Cohen Weightlifting Center was constructed.
In 2007, Cohen began teaching at Savannah State University and is currently an instructor there. He was also recently named the National Wheelchair Basketball Association’s Men’s and Women’s Head Strength Coach.
Cohen is an Eagle Scout. He is active in the community and has volunteered with such programs as Boy Scouts of America, Second Harvest, Red Cross, St. James Catholic School, and Benedictine. He is married to Sheryl Cohen (also an Armstrong alumni) and they have 4 children: Michael (15), William (13), Carolyn (11), and Samuel (8).