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Bethany College has hired Denver Cobb as the assistant men's basketball coach. Cobb is from Port Orange, Fla., and attended Atlantic High School. He will begin as the assistant men's basketball coach this fall. He will also serve as an adjunct faculty member. Cobb replaces Randy Clark, who retired this past season.
Cobb comes to Bethany from the University of South Florida, where he served as a graduate assistant. During the 2011-2012 season he worked under the Big East Coach of the Year Stan Heath. "Denver has been a valuable member to the USF basketball staff," says Heath, Head Men's Basketball Coach at USF. "His love for the game and ability to work well with student-athletes will serve him well and Bethany College. I have no doubt Denver will hit the ground running and help in the success at Bethany."
USF finished the season 22-14 and in fourth place in the Big East. Cobb helped the team finish the season with the best record in school history and tied for most wins in school history. They also set the Big East defensive record for lowest points scored against (56.6 ppg). It was their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1992.
During the 2010-2011 season, Cobb served as assistant men's basketball coach at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. While there, he helped lead the team to a 29-5 record and a conference tournament championship. Cobb coached a second-team All-American and two-time Defensive Player of the Year. As a player at ERAU, he was the team captain from 2007-2009, and he made National Tournament appearances in 2005, 2006 and 2008. He made the Sun Conference All-Conference team in 2008 and 2009 and led the Sun Conference in free throw percentage and three point percentage. Cobb accumulated over 100 community service hours through the Champions of Character program. Cobb played for the NAIA Hall of Fame Inductee Steve Ridder and had an overall five year collegiate record of 134-34.
"I am convinced that Coach Denver Cobb will be an impact to the Bethany College basketball program," says Ridder, Head Men's Basketball Coach and Athletic Director at Embry-Riddle. "Denver has a great passion for the game and a competitive fire that can be contagious to those that he is around. He was an outstanding player for us and was very instrumental in helping us win championships and get to the NAIA National Tournament. He possesses a strong work ethic and a tremendous desire to develop into a special coach where he can impact young people's lives and influence them to reach their maximum potential as a student, person and player! I am excited for Denver that he will grow to another level under Coach Oleen's mentorship and become a positive impact to the Bethany College campus."
In the summer of 2010 Cobb was the head coach of the Port Orange Warriors, a U16 AAU team. His team were the Easter Classic at Disney 16U Division II runner-ups, the Super Showcase Coast to Coast Regional 16U Division II champions and the Battle at the Beach tenth grade champions.
During the 2009-2010 school year, Cobb was the varsity boys basketball assistant coach and the freshman head basketball coach at Father Lopez Catholic High School in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Cobb has coached the ERAU individual and team youth basketball camps since 2004. He has been involved with the Junior Eagle program, been a Special Olympics volunteer, and helped with the Steve Ridder and Campbell University basketball camps. Cobb has received the Dave Counts Memorial Scholarship and the Robert Alan Goldberg, Jr. Memorial Scholarship.
Cobb will complete his master's degree in July from the University of South Florida in physical education. He has undergraduate minors in education, humanities, and psychology.
Bethany College Head Men's Basketball Coach Clair Oleen says, "I am very pleased that we have attracted a young man with the background and experiences of Denver Cobb. USF made a nice post season run while winning two games in the NCAA Division I tournament with Coach Cobb on their staff. Coach Cobb spent five years as a student-athlete in the nationally prominent Embry Riddle basketball program and another year as a volunteer assistant before joining South Florida. I first met head coach Steve Ridder of Embry Riddle when we both had our teams in the 1999 NAIA National Tournament. The fact that Bethany is located in the heart of a strong NAIA area in the Midwest and that Bethany has been in several NAIA National Tournaments including a National runner-up finish made this a very attractive opportunity for Coach Cobb. He is very excited about the opportunity to teach college students in the classroom as well."
Cobb joins the Bethany men's basketball staff which also currently includes volunteer assistant, Jason Schneider, who is also a Bethany admissions representative. Also returning is student assistant, Jake Meyer, who served as head junior varsity coach this past season.