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Dale Cowper
Dale Cowper

Head Coach

8th Season at UofL

Alma Mater:
Western Michigan, '01


Men's Cross Country Takes First, Women Finish Fourth at Greater Louisville Classic

Ernest Kibet finished second in the men's race, while Benadate Cheruiyot led the women's team by finishing 22nd.

COACHING RESPONSIBILITY: Throws / Recruiting Coordinator
EDUCATION: Bachelor's Degree (Western Michigan, '01)
HOMETOWN: Marlette, Mich.
FAMILY: Wife - Constance, Sons - Zachary and Logan

Associate Head Coach

Four-year letterwinner on the track and field team at Western Michigan
Four-time qualifier for the NCAA Championships, posting more than 30 qualifying marks
Earned All-America honors in the weight throw in 2001 and hammer throw in 2002
Owns school records in the weight throw and hammer events
Posted two IAAF top-20 rankings in the weight throw
Four-time team MVP

2011-12-Present: Louisville (associate head coach / throws / recruiting coordinator)
2006-11: Louisville (assistant coach / throws)
2005-06: Cal State Northridge (associate head coach / throws)
2003-05: Cal State Northridge (assistant coach / throws)



  • Led thrower Chinwe Okoro to her third career All-America honor in 2012, bringing the All-America total to 19 for the throws group
  • Helped guide Louisville's women's squad to its fifth-straight BIG EAST outdoor title in 2012, a first in the conference's history on the women's side
  • Earned fourth BIG EAST Women's Outdoor Coaching Staff of the Year honor, fifth honor overall after collecting the award during the 2011 indoor season
  • His women's throws group captured shot put, discus and hammer throw titles for the fourth time in the last five years at the 2012 BIG EAST Outdoor Championships
  • Amashi-ali Kendall was tabbed the BIG EAST Most Outstanding Field Performer of the Meet, signifying the best field athlete at the conference championships; Kendall became Louisville's fifth-straight student-athlete to win the award
  • Was named the 2011 USTFCCCA Southeast Region Women's Assistant Coach of the Year
  • Coached D'Ana McCarty to her second-straight NCAA indoor weight throw title in 2010; first won the indoor crown in 2009
  • McCarty won three titles (shot put, discus and hammer throw) at the 2011 BIG EAST Championships to become only the fourth athlete in BIG EAST history to win three field event titles in one meet
  • McCarty was named the 2011 BIG EAST Most Outstanding Field Performer of the Meet after the three-title performance
  • Throws group ranked No. 1 nationally in 2009 by Thrower's Page
  • Led Jere' Summers to her first of three BIG EAST Most Outstanding Field Performer of the Meet awards (2008-10)
  • Men's throwers played a pivotal role in delivering the 2007 men's team its first conference title in school history


  • Throws group earned five NCAA Championships bids, three Big West Conference titles and one All-America distinction
  • Led thrower Jere' Summers to the 2006 World Junior Championships in the shot put and discus after second-place finishes in both events at the USA Junior Nationals
  • Helped lead the men's and women's teams to two conference titles apiece

Weight Throw: D'Ana McCarty (2009, 2010)

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