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 oversees the overall Student-Athlete Development Program and academic support services of Ole Miss student-athletes.

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, Kentucky, 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.

07/16/2015 - Academic Support

Rebels Earn top ITA Academic Honor

More good news for the Ole Miss men's tennis team Thursday, as the Rebels earned the ITA All-Academic Team Award for the fifth consecutive year, in an announcement by the Intercollegiate Tennis... Read More [+]

07/01/2015 - Academic Support

Newest Rebels Honored by SEC

While wowing fans on the fields and courts as newcomers of their respective Ole Miss sports, 43 Rebel student-athletes were named to the First Year SEC Academic Honor Roll, as announced by SEC... Read More [+]

06/30/2015 - Academic Support

More Academic Honors for Rebels

With another successful athletics season in the rearview mirror more academic honors keep coming for Ole Miss student-athletes, as 76 Rebels were named to the 2015 Spring SEC Academic Honor Roll... Read More [+]

06/30/2015 - Academic Support

More Academic Honors for Rebels

With another successful athletics season in the rearview mirror more academic honors keep coming for Ole Miss student-athletes, as 76 Rebels were named to the 2015 Spring SEC Academic Honor Roll... Read More [+]

06/11/2015 - Academic Support

Gamble Earns Capital One Academic All-Amer...

Ole Miss junior golfer Forrest Gamble was named to the 2015 Capital One Academic All-America Division I Men's At-Large Team Thursday, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of... Read More [+]

05/27/2015 - Academic Support

Rebels Exceed APR Benchmark in all Sports

A day after announcing a record year for Ole Miss in the classroom the good news continues, with the latest Academic Progress Rate (APR) report released by the NCAA Wednesday. All 18 of Ole Miss'... Read More [+]

05/26/2015 - Academic Support

Successful Spring for Rebels in Classroom

Ole Miss is one of just two schools to go to a New Year's Six Bowl and make the NCAA tournament in men's basketball and baseball. The highlights don't stop on the fields and courts though, as the... Read More [+]

05/22/2015 - Academic Support

Jonathan Redding Named Academic All-District

Ole Miss' Jonathan Redding has been named to the 2015 Capital One Academic All-District 6 team for track & field, as voted on by members of CoSIDA. Read More [+]

05/20/2015 - Academic Support

Volleyball Earns APR Award

The Ole Miss volleyball team set numerous records last fall in their first year under head coach Steven McRoberts, and Wednesday they were recognized among the elite academic programs in the... Read More [+]

05/14/2015 - Academic Support

Ole Miss Golfers Earn Academic All-Distric...

OXFORD, Miss. - Senior Ole Miss women's golfer, Stani Schiavone (Bangor, Pennsylvania) and junior men's golfer Forrest Gamble (Birmingham, Alabama) were named to the Capital One/CoSIDA At-Large... Read More [+]

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  • Time to Take a Stand

    Monday, August 31, 2015 -

    It's finally here...game week! It's been 242 days since the Ole Miss Rebels last took to the gridiron for a clash of the helmets. After a successful 2014 campaign in which Ole Miss knocked off a No. 1-ranked team... read more

  • Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge to Air on ESPNU Aug. 1

    Thursday, July 30, 2015 -

    Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE ATLANTA - On Saturday, fans can tune in to see the Rebels duo of Head Football Coach Hugh Freeze and former Ole Miss basketball player Sean Tuohy compete in the Chick-fil-A... read more

  • Rebels Emerge on Four Watch Lists This Week

    Friday, July 17, 2015 -

    Only 50 days until The Grove is full, the constant shouts of "Hotty Toddy" are in the air, and football kicks off 100 years in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium! Looking forward to this upcoming college football season, seven Rebels were named to... read more

  • Football Rebels All Over First Week of Watch List Releases

    Friday, July 10, 2015 -

    As we near the 2015 college football season, national organizations have started to release watch lists for their respective awards. Through the first week of watch lists being released, multiple Rebels have been announced as players that fans need to... read more

  • Engram, Hilton and Johnson to Represent Ole Miss at SEC Football Media Days

    Wednesday, July 8, 2015 -

    Along with head coach Hugh Freeze, three Rebels will represent Ole Miss at the annual SEC Football Media Days next week. Junior Evan Engram, just named to the John Mackey Award Watch List for college football's most outstanding tight end,... read more

  • Five Rebels Tabbed Preseason All-SEC in The Birmingham News

    Tuesday, June 30, 2015 -

    Five Ole Miss Rebels were chosen as preseason All-SEC selections by some of the people who work closest with the student-athletes, the football media relations directors. The 14 football media relations directors of the Southeastern Conference institutions voted in the... read more

  • Lindy's Sports Gives Seven Rebels Preseason Recognition

    Wednesday, June 24, 2015 -

    The preseason accolades just don't stop for the Ole Miss football team. Everywhere you look, Rebels can be found on preseason All-America teams. Lindy's Sports recognized seven Rebels for preseason honors, including four All-Americans. Four Ole Miss Football Rebels were... read more

  • Five Rebels Named Preseason All-America by Athlon Sports

    Tuesday, June 23, 2015 -

    With the season just 74 days away, members of the 2015 Ole Miss football team continue to earn recognition on Preseason All-America lists. Athlon Sports, the latest media outlet to release its 2015 college football preseason All-America team, gave five... read more

  • Sporting News Tabs Four Rebels to Preseason All-America Teams

    Monday, June 15, 2015 - Football

    Preseason All-America football teams continue to roll in, and Ole Miss has been well represented each time.Today, the Sporting News unveiled its preseason All-America first and second teams, which includes a total of four Rebels.OT Laremy Tunsil and DT Robert... read more

  • Athlon Sports Names Nine Rebels Preseason All-SEC

    Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - Football

    Individual preseason accolades continue to pile up for the Ole Miss football team as college football magazines look toward the 2015 season. Athlon Sports is the latest magazine to release its preseason all-conference teams, June 10; the magazine named nine... read more

  • Eleven Rebels Garner Phil Steele Preseason Honors

    Monday, June 1, 2015 - Football

    The start of summer heat and vacations is also the start of another tradition - preseason college football magazines.One of the first to produce a magazine every year is Phil Steele, whose 2015 version includes about as many Ole Miss... read more

  • Football Signees Report for Summer Classes

    Friday, May 29, 2015 - Football

    Although they will not begin competing for the Rebels until the fall, several members of the 2015 signing class have arrived at Ole Miss to begin their college journey this summer. The first of two summer sessions offered at the... read more

  • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (April 28-May 4, 2015)

    Monday, May 4, 2015 - Athletics

    Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewApril 28-May 4, 2015Baseball - The Rebels started the week defeating the Bulldogs, 11-1 in the annual Governor's Cup. The 10-run win for the Rebels marked the largest margin of victory in the 36-year history... read more

  • VIDEO: Rebel Road Trip 2015

    Monday, May 4, 2015 - Athletics

    Rebel Road Trip 2015 from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

  • More on Steelers' Selection of Golson

    Friday, May 1, 2015 - Football

    Welcome to Pittsburgh...and welcome to #SteelersNation, @Quez_G! #SteelersDraft pic.twitter.com/oY8wZc10Kk-- Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) May 2, 2015 Congrats Senquez Golson! Drafted 56th overall in the 2015 #NFLDRAFT by the Pittsburgh Steelers. #HottyToddy #FinsUp pic.twitter.com/EPGayDNOu7-- Ole Miss Football (@OleMissFB) May 2, 2015 Ole... read more