Stephen Cowherd was named assistant coach for the ULM men's basketball program on July 1, 2016. He comes after spending the past six seasons at Miami-Dade College, including the last five as head coach.
Cowherd coached 25 All-Conference players during his tenure at Miami-Dade and helped 26 student-athletes move on to play at four-year colleges.
In the two seasons prior from 2013-15, Miami-Dade posted back-to-back 21-win seasons including a trip to the Region 8 Final Four in 2014-15 and the Region 8 Quarterfinals in 2013-14. The Final Four appearance was the school’s first since 2004-05. While at Miami-Dade, Cowherd coached now ULM Men's Basketball members Prince Cooper and Marvin Jean-Pierre.
From 2008-10, Cowherd served as a Graduate Assistant Coach at Florida State. He worked under the 2009 ACC Coach of the Year Leonard Hamilton and coached NBA Draft picks Toney Douglas, Chris Singleton, Solomon Alabi and Ryan Reid. The Seminoles registered back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances while he was there.
Cowherd is familiar with the Sun Belt Conference as he played in the league at South Alabama and won three championships. He helped the Jaguars win back-to-back regular season titles in 2005-06, 2006-07 and an SBC Tournament championship in 2005-06 and played in the NCAA Tournament.
Prior to joining the Jaguars, Cowherd played his freshman year at Mississippi State University. While playing at Mississippi State during his freshman year he was a part of a Bulldogs team that won the SEC West and made the NCAA Tournament the same year.
“I am looking forward to working with Coach Richard and the staff, and continuing on with what the program has accomplished the past few years,” Cowherd said. “I’m also excited to be back in the Sun Belt Conference, a league where I spent my days as a student-athlete.”
Cowherd is married to his wife, Rafaela. Cowherd earned his Master’s degree in Sports Administration from Florida State in 2010, and his Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education – Social Studies in 2007.