Miami Dade College

Athletics

  • Stephen Cowherd

    Stephen Cowherd Head Coach

    Stephen Cowherd enters his fifth season as head coach. Under Coach Cowherd’s leadership the Sharks made back to back FCSAA State Tournament Appearances in the 2013-14, and 2014-15 season. Before Miami Dade Cowherd spent two seasons as aGraduate 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

    Ward Griffith Associate Coach

    Coach Ward Griffith enters his fourth season as an assistant coach for MDC. Coach Griffith is an invaluable person due to his knowledge of the game, he is part of the coaching staff that helped guide the Sharks to back to back FCSAA State Tournament appearances, advance to the 2015 FCSAA State Tournament Semi-Finals, and have been named Southern Conference Runners-up 2x.

    “Coach Griffith handles all aspects of the program.  We rely heavily on him for scouting, on-court coaching, and basketball operations.  He has done a great job in the three years here at MDC and has a bright future in this business” (Stephen Cowherd MDC Basketball Head Coach).

    Coach Griifith 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

    Kevin Ledoux Associate Coach

    Coach Kevin Ledoux enters his third season with Miami Dade College. An influential leader Coach Ledoux helped the Sharks make it to the 2015 FCSAA State Tournament Semi-Finals. In addition Ledoux helped MDC make back to back FCSAA State Tournament appearances (which hasn’t been done in 25 years) in his first two years. The Sharks have been Southern Conference Runners-up for the last 2 years with 20 plus victories per season. Kevin Ledoux has coached 2 All-State, and 6 All-Conference players.
     
    His recruiting ties are expansive from Africa, Bahamas, Canada, to the US.
     
    “Coach Ledoux handles all aspects of recruiting.  There are few players in the state/region that Coach Ledoux doesn’t know about” said Head Coach Stephen Cowherd. “We also rely on him for on-court coaching and scouting.  He has the desire to be successful and is extremely self-motivated.’
     
    Coach Ledoux played high school basketball at Nashua High School under George Noucas. While attending Nashua High, Ledoux helped his team win a state championship. After high school Coach Ledoux attended Preparatory School Maine Central Institute. While there they were the New England Regular Season Champions. Kevin Ledoux’s collegiate career began at Chipola Junior College for the legendary Coach Milton Johnson. 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 later 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 is originally from Nashua, NH and currently lives in Jacksonville, FL with his wife Dr. Karen Lane at the Mayo Clinic.