Derek Cowherd
Derek Cowherd

Hometown:
Greensburg, Ky.

Position:
Senior Associate AD/Academic Support

Alma Mater:
Louisville, 1998


06/23/2012

Swingle To Manage Facilities And Game Operations

Third New Member of Athletics Leadership Under Bjork

Ole Miss Athletics added experience and energy to its leadership with the hiring of Derek Cowherd as the Senior Associate Athletics Director for Academic Support in May 2012.

Cowherd came to Ole Miss from LSU where he served as Director of Academic Affairs, a position he held since April 2011. In that capacity, he had primary academic oversight of the Tiger football team while also supervising seven full-time advisors, four graduate assistants and interns and all other sports.

Before holding that position, Cowherd was the Interim Director of Academic Affairs and had been a member of LSU's Academic Center for Student-Athletes since July 2007.

Prior to LSU, Cowherd worked at the University of Louisville from 2003-07, starting as an academic counselor and tutorial coordinator before being named the Assistant Director of Academics in 2007.

On a national level, he served as a facilitator for the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS) and Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP). He was also an appointed NCAA Division I Athletics Certification Peer Reviewer.

A native of Greensburg, Ky., Cowherd graduated from Louisville in 1998 with a degree in biology. He earned his master's degree in business and public administration (MBA) at the school in 2003. While at the University of Louisville and LSU, Cowherd was pursuing his doctorate in educational leadership and higher learning with a specialization in higher education administration and hopes to finish his PhD at the University of Mississippi.

Born May 25, 1975, Cowherd and his wife Misty are the parents of a son and a daughter, Jackson and Eden.

01/31/2014 - Academic Support

Student-Athletes Among Who's Who

Nine Rebel student-athletes were among 156 chosen to represent the University of Mississippi on the 2013-14 Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. The student-athletes... Read More [+]

01/30/2014 - Academic Support

42 Rebels Named To SEC Fall Academic Honor...

Forty-one Ole Miss student-athletes were among 655 named to the 2013 Fall Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll, announced Thursday by SEC Commissioner Mike Slive. The Rebels' honorees... Read More [+]

12/20/2013 - Academic Support

Rebels Achieve Academic Milestones This Fall

Football is bowl bound again, and the women's soccer team enjoyed a history-making season this fall. Off the fields and courts, the Rebels also achieved record success in the classroom. Read More [+]

11/14/2013 - Academic Support

Rebels In The Spotlight For Academics

Several times during the year, the Ole Miss Athletics Department takes the opportunity to recognize those student-athletes who achieve excellence off the fields and courts. Read More [+]

11/07/2013 - Academic Support

Tyler Campbell Tabbed Academic All-District

Ole Miss punter Tyler Campbell has been named to the 2013-14 Capital One Academic All-District VI team. Read More [+]

10/24/2013 - Academic Support

Seven Teams Above National GSR Average

Seven of Ole Miss' athletics teams scored above the national average in graduation success rate (GSR). Additionally, women's basketball, women's golf, soccer and women's tennis registered a... Read More [+]

10/21/2013 - Academic Support

Rebel Student-Athletes Inducted To Phi...

Ole Miss men's tennis player Johan Backstrom and Rebel women's golfer Stani Schiavone were inducted into the prestigious Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Sunday. Both were among 171 students honored at... Read More [+]

09/27/2013 - Academic Support

Make The Grade

The stars of the Rebel athletics programs are University of Mississippi students first and foremost. And for many of these student-athletes, intercollegiate athletics is their golden opportunity to... Read More [+]

09/03/2013 - Academic Support

Football Gives Back To Community On Labor Day

The Old Miss Football team, fresh of its season-opening victory against Vanderbilt, gave back to the greater Oxford community by participating in a Day of Community service on Labor Day, Monday. Read More [+]

08/01/2013 - Academic Support

Women's Tennis Takes Top Academic Honor

While earning their fifth straight NCAA appearance in 2013, the Ole Miss women's tennis team also excelled in the classroom on the way to the program's 17th consecutive ITA All-Academic Team Award. Read More [+]

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