Hofstra football coach Dave Cohen is close to being named defensive coordinator at Western Michigan, a person familiar with the situation said Thursday. A formal announcement is expected next week.
Cohen, who earlier this week acknowledged receiving offers from Western Michigan and Georgia Southern, declined to comment. Cohen, 43, spent four seasons at Hofstra, which has dropped football. Cohen has one year remaining on his Hofstra contract.
Cohen's relationship with Western Michigan coach Bill Cubit goes back to the 1990s when Cubit worked summer camps on the Delaware campus under Cohen, who later became defensive coordinator at the university. Cubit is a Delaware graduate. The two remained close and Hofstra played at Western Michigan this season, losing 24-10.
Western Michigan plays in the Mid-American Conference and has played non-conference games against Michigan, Michigan State and, next season, Notre Dame, now coached by Brian Kelly. In 2006, Western Michigan met Kelly-coached Cincinnati in the International Bowl. Cincinnati won, 27-24. Cubit had been mentioned as a possible replacement for Kelly at Cincinnati.
In other Hofstra news, junior wide receiver Aaron Weaver said he would transfer to Temple or Syracuse.