Natalie Cohen joined the Carnegie Mellon University volleyball staff as a full-time assistant coach in August 2019. Cohen came to Pittsburgh after serving as the head men's and women's volleyball coach at Dean College in Franklin, Massachusetts.
Cohen's first season on the sidelines for the Tartans witnessed a 22-8 season with the program's fourth straight appearance in the NCAA Championships tournament. The Tartans had two different win streaks of six and a season-opening win streak of seven, topped three nationally ranked teams, and finished the regular season ranked 22nd in the nation.
Cohen's second season was stripped to just four matches, all played in the spring, because of COVID-19 cancelling the fall season. The Tartans went 3-1 in those matches with the lone loss coming on the road to a Division II program.
Cohen was hired at Dean in 2015 and launched both the men's and women's programs the following year. In the inaugural season with the Bulldogs, the women's program recorded eight wins before producing 32 victories in her three seasons at the helm. Cohen led the Bulldogs men's program to a third-place finish in the New England Collegiate Conference in 2018 after compiling a 15-10 mark and was a nominee for Coach of the Year.
In addition to her coaching responsibilities at Dean, Cohen served as the Director of Equipment Operations and was the Deputy Title IX Coordinator for the athletics department her last year.
Prior to her arrival at Dean, Cohen was a volunteer assistant at her alma mater, Bridgewater State University, for one season. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education in 2011 from Bridgewater State.
During her time as a Bear, she was a three-year captain and ended her career ranked seventh on the school's all-time assists list with 1,847. She helped guide the Bears to the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Tournament championship and the NCAA Tournament during her sophomore campaign. That same season, she was named MASCAC First Team and then received second team honors the following season.
Cohen is currently pursuing a master's of sport coaching from West Virginia University.