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Cohen gets new contract

June 30, 2011

After spearheading the Bulldogs to within a game of the 2011 College World Series, Mississippi State head baseball coach John Cohen received a contract extension Thursday through the 2015 season it was announced by the university.

Cohen’s new four-year contract will included a base salary of $262,500, up from the $250,000 in his previous contract. Officials said will continue to receive a salary supplement from the Bulldog Foundation.

"John and his staff have done a tremendous job of leading our baseball program back to national prominence by recruiting top talent and instilling toughness," MSU Athletic Director Scott Stricklin said. "I look forward to John being our head coach for many years to come."

Cohen led the Bulldogs (35-28) to the post season for the first time since 2007. MSU steamrolled through the Atlanta Regional before being ousted by Florida in the Super Regional.

"It's a privilege to work at Mississippi State University under the leadership of Dr. Mark Keenum and Scott Stricklin," said Cohen. "I'm so appreciative of the support of the Bulldog Nation. This is a great time to be part of the Mississippi State family."

The Bulldogs earned it's first season-ending national ranking since 2007 this week with a No. 15 placement in the final USA TODAY/ESPN poll of coaches.

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