Stephen Cowherd enters his first season as head coach. Cowherd spent the previous two seasons as a Graduate Assistant at Florida State University under Leonard Hamilton. During his two years in Tallahassee, Cowherd helped lead the Seminoles to back to back NCAA Tournament appearances. Cowherd worked daily with NBA players Toney Douglas (New York Knicks), Solomon Alabi (Toronto Raptors), and Ryan Reid (Oklahoma City Thunder).
Prior to Florida State, Cowherd spent four seasons at the University of South Alabama under John Pelphrey. During his time in Mobile, Cowherd helped lead the Jaguars to the 2006 and 2007 Sun Belt Conference regular season championship. The Jaguars participated in the 2006 NCAA Tournament and the 2007 NIT. Before South Alabama, Cowherd spent one season under Rick Stansbury at Mississippi State University. The Bulldogs won the 2003 SEC West Championship and participated in the 2003 NCAA Tournament.
Cowherd prepped under Mike Benanti at Marjory Stoneman Douglas in Parkland, Florida. Stephen helped the Eagles win the 2002 BCAA County Championship. He was a three time all-state performer and three time first-team all Broward County member. He remains the school's all-time leader in points, assists, and steals.
The Coral Springs, Fl native earned his B.A. degree in secondary education from the University of South Alabama in 2007, and his M.S. degree in Sport Management in 2010 from Florida State University. Born December 16, 1983, Stephen is the son of Stan and Gina Cowherd. He is the youngest of five children and has six nephews and four nieces.
Ward Griffith joined the Miami Dade Sharks staff this past season as assistant coach. His basketball roots began in the "DMV" area (DC, MD, VA), which is known for its traditional programs and talented players. He played at national power house, DeMatha High School, under legendary coach Morgan Wootten. Coach Wootten is considered by many the greatest high school coach of all time, and the high school national player of the year award is named after him. Griffith won multiple conference championships and helped the Stags to a #1 national ranking. He also attended St. Thomas More (New England prep school league). Coached by Jere Quinn, the Chancellors won the season title and a national top 100 player rating.
Coach Griffith attended Mississippi State University, where he played four seasons in the Southeastern Conference under Richard Williams and Rick Stansbury. The Bulldogs went to two NIT post season tournaments in his career, while also being named to the SEC All-Academic team. After graduating he joined the staff at the University of South Alabama under John Pelphrey for three years. Coach Pelphrey's playing (Kentucky) and coaching (Florida, Arkansas) background was extremely knowledgeable and influential during Griffith's time at USA. He moved on to become the head assistant at Lambuth University, a NAIA division I program in Tennessee. The Eagles were ranked third in the nation, and received the school's first national tournament bid. Coach Griffith spent the last six seasons teaching and coaching at Southeast Career and Technical Academy in Las Vegas, NV.
Coach Griffith was born in Birmingham, AL to Howard and NaDel. He has one sister, Gretchyn, who is married to Jerry Judeh. He graduated from Mississippi State with a Bachelor of Science in Education and Coaching.
Kevin Ledoux enters his first season with Miami Dade College. Ledoux played high school basketball at Nashua High School under George Noucas. As a sophomore, he led his team to a Class L State Championship. He was named team MVP his senior year. He went to prep school at Maine Central Institute (MCI). There he played with Sam Cassell, 3 time NBA Champion. At MCI, they were the regular season New England champions, posting a 20-1 record.
He played at Chipola Junior College for the legendary Coach Milton Johnson. Coach Johnson has the Panhandle Conference Trophy named in his honor, as well as the Milton H. Johnson Health Center. Chipola was ranked as high as #6 nationally and # 1 in the state of Florida when he played there. They won the regular season Panhandle Conference championship. He transferred to Life College and was part of the inaugural team. While there he was Coached by Georgia Tech legend, Roger Kaiser and won the regular season conference championship with a 28-5 record. Ledoux finished his playing and academic career at the University of North Alabama under Coach Gary Elliott. There he won a conference championship and went to the Division 2 sweet sixteen.
Ledoux has a Bachelor of Business Administration from University of North Alabama. He comes to Miami Dade College after an impressive sales career and with a wealth of basketball knowledge. He has been a National Sales Representative, as well as a Distributor Territory Sales representative in the Southeast for the past 20 years. He is originally from Nashua, NH and currently lives in Jacksonville, FL with his wife Karen Lane ARNP at the Mayo Clinic.