Lt. Col. Rob Koehler enters his eighth season as an assistant lacrosse coach at the Academy.
Koehler is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, where he earned his bachelor's degree in 1985. In 1984, Koehler won the General George Ruhlen Award, which is awarded annually to Army's player who shows the most improvement in his game during the season. In 1985, he won the General James V. Hartinger Award, given annually to the Army lacrosse most valuable player. He also earned honorable mention All-American status in 1985 at the goalie position.
After graduation, Koehler was commissioned as a second lieutenant in Field Artillery. His first permanent assignment was at Fort Carson, Colo., where he spent four years as a fire support officer and a fire direction officer. After Fort Carson, he spent nine months at the Army's Defense Language Institute in Monterey, Calif., where he studied German. He also graduated from Ranger school at Fort Benning, Ga., before spending two years in Baumholder, Germany, where he commanded an artillery battery of over 125 soldiers. A
fter returning from Germany, Koehler earned his master's degree in kinesiology at Indiana University and then returned to West Point to teach in the physical education department. While at West Point, he also served as the volunteer assistant lacrosse coach for three years. In 2003, he was nominated for the National Assistant Coach of the Year award.
Before coming to the Academy, Koehler was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas for two years. He served in the 1st Cavalry Division where he deployed to Bosnia for six months and Kuwait for a month.
The Long Island, N.Y., native has completed the Leadville 100, a grueling 100-mile mountain trail run. He and his wife, Chris, are the parents of two boys, Alex and Kevin. They reside in Colorado Springs.