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.
Milan Vujicic finished his first season as an assistant coach at Miami Dade College. Vujicic spent the previous two seasons as an assistant coach at Centenary College in Hackettstown, NJ. Prior to Centenary College, he spent two seasons as an assistant at Feather River College, CA. Vujicic is no stranger to the game having played five years professionally since the age of 18. He played for FMP, one of the Serbian-European top teams and also played for Platie Basket in France. Coach Vujicic has coaching experience with European teams FMP (Serbia) and Olympia Larisa (Greece) and possess a professional FIBA coaching license.
Vujicic's mentor was one of the world's top coaches, Dr. Prof. Milivoje Karalejic. Vujicic also had the opportunity of learning under the tutelage of European coaching greats such as: Vlade Djurovic, Vlada Vukoicic and Nenad Trunic. Vujicic also had an opportunity to attend several professional coaching clinics where he had an opportunity to learn from coaches such as Greg Popovich, Zeljko Obradovic, Bozidar Maljkovic, Tim Floyd, Rubén Magnano, Pepu Hernández and many more.
Milan was born and raised in Belgrade, Serbia. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Basketball Coaching/Science in Physical Education from Coaching College of Belgrade, and his Master of Science in Recreation and Sport Sciences in 2012 from Ohio University. Milan is currently working on his PhD in Sports Management with United States Sports Academy. Milan is the middle child of Ivan and Ljiljana Vujicic and has two siblings: brother Marko and sister Jelena Vujicic.
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.
***Note: the schedules and rosters
are provided in Adobe Acrobat file format for use on any computer
having the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Acrobat is standard on all new Miami-Dade
desktop computers, or click on the Get Acrobat Reader icon for the