Now in his second season as an assistant coach, Coverdale spent his first two seasons with the Warhawks as Early’s first basketball intern. Coverdale was one of the original members of Early’s staff when the head coach came to ULM for the 2005-06 season.
In his first season with the program, Coverdale helped the Warhawks climb back to the 10 win plateau.
A year later, his impact was felt even greater. Entering the program’s first season in the Sun Belt Conference, Coverdale helped guide the Warhawks to an 18-14 overall record - the program’s highest win total since the 2001-02 season - and the West Division crown. ULM was picked in the league’s pre-season poll to finish last in the seven-team West Division before posting an 11-7 divisional mark thanks to a fast start in league play.
The 2006-07 season also saw the Warhawks post one of the most impressive home ledgers in school history. In dominant fashion, ULM posted a 14-0 Fant-Ewing Coliseum record with Coverdale on the sidelines.
The Warhawks successes that season made Coverdale a desired coach. Shortly after the season ended, he was hired by Chicago State as an assistant coach. His tenure with the Cougars wouldn’t last long as an opening on the ULM staff caused Early to bring him back as a full-time assistant.
ULM entered the 2007-08 season projected to finish first in the Sun Belt Conference West Division. With Coverdale on the sidelines, the Warhawks hit on better than 50 percent of their shots against national champion Kansas. Venturing into familiar territory, The Warhawks went into Iowa City and claimed the Hawkeye Challenge title, becoming only the second team in the 26-year history of the event to upset host-Iowa.
Recruited by legendary head coach Bob Knight, Coverdale played one season for the NCAA coaching wins leader before finishing his Hoosier playing career under Mike Davis.
Considered the heart and soul of the 2001-02 Indiana squad that reached the NCAA National Championship Game, Coverdale earned NCAA South Regional MVP honors after battling through two sprained ankles during the tournament. A four-year letterwinner for the Hoosiers, he played in 115 games and scored 1,217 points, a mark which ranks 28th in school history.
The greatest accomplishment of his playing career comes in the distinction that Coverdale represents the only player in the storied history of Indiana basketball with more than 1,000 points, 200 three pointers made and 500 assists.
Prior to joining the Hoosiers, Coverdale played at Noblesville High School where he earned the State of Indiana’s "Mr. Basketball" recognition in 1998. He also competed at New Hampton Prep in New Hampshire before joining the Hoosiers where he averaged 21 points, seven assists and four steals in his lone season at the school.
After graduation, Coverdale played one season with Rockford of the CBA and one season in Germany before joining the ULM staff.
Coverdale is the son of Mark and Maryanne Coverdale. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in sports management from Indiana in 2003.
Early on Coverdale: "Coach Coverdale has a great basketball mind. Everyone knows how great of a player he was and what he brought there. Now he is doing that as a coach. This is just his second year and he is getting better and better every day. He understands what we are doing and, from on offensive standpoint, he and I get together and come up with the game plan. He has worked with our guards and it is a testament to him that Tony Hooper will finish on the career offensive lists that he will. Coach Coverdale has worked with him and helped make him into the shooter that he is today."
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