Head women’s basketball coach Jeff Dow announced on Monday (June 4) the addition of Josh Cooperwood Sr. as the program’s new assistant coach.
Cooperwood joins the ULM staff as an assistant coach after serving in the same capacity at Mississippi Valley State University for the 2017 season.
“We’re excited about the addition of Josh Cooperwood to our coaching staff,” said Dow. “In addition to being our recruiting coordinator, Josh will be heavily involved in the skill development of all of our players but in particular, our forwards and posts. Having played professionally overseas for several years, he can bring a unique perspective to our student-athletes through his experiences.”
Before NCCU, Cooperwood spent the four years at his alma-mater, on the Tennessee State University women’s basketball coaching staff and was part of the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) championship team that went to the NCAA Tournament in 2015.
Cooperwood’s first three seasons with the Tennessee State women’s basketball team was as director of basketball operations before being promoted to assistant coach for his final year in Nashville. He served as the program’s recruiting coordinator and defensive coordinator as well in those roles.
He was also responsible for recruiting All-OVC players: Chelsea Hudson (2015), Imani Davis (2016), Jayda Johnson (2016) and Brianna Lawrence (2016). Lawrence was also named the 2015 OVC Tournament MVP. Cooperwood served as the defensive coordinator, which involved creating the defensive strategy for each opponent. Under his supervision, the team tallied an overall grade point average of 3.2 and a 100 percent graduation rate during his time at TSU.
Cooperwood played basketball at Tennessee State and later started his coaching career as a student assistant with his TSU men’s basketball program. He played two seasons for the Tigers and was named All-OVC as a senior.
As a standout player, Cooperwood went on to play eight years of professional basketball in Canada, Mexico and overseas in Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, Croatia, Kuwait, Egypt and Iran.
The Nashville native graduated from TSU with a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice.
Cooperwood began his collegiate career at Chattanooga State Community College, where he was an NJCAA All-American before earning an associate’s degree.
He is the father of two, Amiyah and Joshua, Jr.Assistant Coach DI