Matt Kohn has served as the Head Football Coach at Siena Heights University for two full seasons. In just his 2nd season as the Head Football Coach, the Saints were able to set several records as a team. The Saints set school records for wins in a season (7), highest national ranking (20th), and overall cumulative team GPA (3.02).
The 2018 season was the first time the Saints finished the regular season being a nationally ranked football team as the Saints received the final ranking of 25th in the nation.
Kohn was extremely proud to have mentored Siena Heights First Team Academic All-American in defensive tackle Izayah Newsom. The 2018 Saints also produced 10 All-Mid-States Football players.
In the Fall of 2017, the Saints were proud to have produced the best NAIA defensive football player in the country. The Cliff Harris award was given to Siena Heights defensive back Darius Price. In addition to this esteemed award, the Saints also included 8 All-Mid-States Football players.
Prior to becoming Head Football Coach, Kohn spent the fall of 2016 serving as the interim Head Coach. Kohn had little to no time to prepare for this task as his predecessor stepped down a couple short months prior to the season.
Kohn has had the opportunity to serve the Siena Heights Football program since its inception. Kohn started recruiting student-athletes to the football program in 2011 and spent five seasons serving as the programs defensive coordinator and linebacker coach. During those five seasons, the Siena Heights defense developed a national reputation as being one of the best in the country.
In the fall of 2013, the Siena Heights defense was ranked fifth in the country in scoring defense only allowing 17.2 points per game and eighth in the country in total defense (299.5 ypg). Kohn helped mentor inside linebacker Tyler Karcher to All-Mid-States Association First Team. Kohn’s defense also produced the Mid States Association Defensive Player of the Year and Second Team AFCA All-American, cornerback Deshawn Gilbert. Gilbert helped anchor a stingy passing defense which ranked 11th in the country (167.2 ypg).
In the fall of 2014, after only playing varsity football for three short years the Siena Heights defense was instrumental in bringing a Mid States East conference championship to Adrian, Mich. The Siena Heights defense finished ranked 11th in the country in scoring defense (18 ppg.), and second in the country in total defense (252.1 ypg.). The Siena Heights defense earned the No. 1 rank in the country, allowing only 133 first downs all season. Kohn coached both inside linebackers, Trent Bragg and Tyler Karcher to First and Second Team All-League selections, respectively. Kohn's defensive unit finished ranked third in the country defending the run (87.1 ypg) and 14th in the country defending the pass (165 ypg). For the second consecutive year, Kohn's defense produced an All-American, this time however it was a First Team All AFCA selection in defensive tackle Kyle Connors. Connors led a defensive line that finished 10th in the country in sacks (32). As a result of these team accomplishments, Kohn was voted the Mid-States Football Association Mideast Assistant Coach of the Year.
Kohn previously coached on the offensive side of the ball at his alma mater, the University of Indianapolis, where he coached the quarterbacks from 2005-08.
As a player, Kohn still holds the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game record for most passing yards in a game (645), and total offense in a single game (652). In 2003, he was a Harlan Hill nominee, a national award given to the most valuable athlete in Division II football.
Kohn received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Indianapolis in 2005, where he majored in both business management and marketing. He completed his Master’s degree in 2015 from Siena Heights University in Organizational Leadership.
Kohn and his wife Alexis live in Adrian and are expecting their first child in June of 2019.