Howell Promoted to Associate Head Coach; Basketball Awards Banquet on May 24 (5/15/06)

Sept. 7, 2006

Carl Howell, a veteran coach who has spent the last three seasons as an assistant men's basketball coach at Eastern Washington University, has been promoted to Associate Head Coach.

Howell, 40, is entering his fourth season at EWU, and also serves at the recruiting coordinator. A former championship coach at Tacoma, Wash., Community College, he had a five-year stretch in which teams he was involved with won league or region championships, including the Big Sky Conference title and NCAA Tournament appearance by EWU in 2003-04.

"Carl is extremely deserving of this promotion," said Eagle head coach Mike Burns. "His hard work, dedication and loyalty have been vital to this program. Carl has already enjoyed great success as a junior college head coach, and hopefully this will put him in a position to have that opportunity at the Division I level."

Since coming to Eastern, the Eagles are 40-48 overall and 25-17 in the Big Sky Conference. The Eagles finished 15-15 this past season and were 9-5 in the Big Sky to finish third. Prior to that he won 239 games as head coach at TCC.

Banquet on May 24 . . .

The 2006 Eastern Washington University men's basketball awards banquet will take place on Wednesday, May 24 from 6-8 p.m. at Tawanka Hall on the EWU campus in Cheney, Wash.

The event will honor and celebrate the 2005-06 season, which featured National Freshman of the Year Rodney Stuckey.

Cost is $22.50 for a buffet-style Italian dinner. To attend, call (509-359-6540) or e-mail ( assistant coach Grant Leep by May 22.

More on Howell . . .

Before coming to EWU for the 2003-04 season, Howell spent 11 seasons at TCC. He coached there from the 1992-93 season through 2002-03, winning the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges championship in 2002. Five of his players joined EWU's program, including Khary Nicholas, Rachi Wortham, Brendon Merritt, Josh Barnard and Keith Browne.

Howell coached the Titans to 239 victories, including 138 in his last five seasons alone for an average of more than 27 wins per year. His overall record in 11 years at the helm was 239-83 (74.1 percent).

Besides his 2002 NWAACC title, his Tacoma teams appeared in two championship games, the semifinals three times and the quarterfinals on five occasions in a total of 10 post-season appearances. In addition, his team won four-straight NWAACC Western Region championships from 1998-2002, and he is only the second coach in NWAACC history to have two 30-win seasons to his credit.

In the 1999-2000 season, the Titans went 30-4 and placed fourth at the NWAACC Tournament. Tacoma was led by Merritt, Barnard and Browne. That trio led Tacoma to a runner-up finish the following season, finishing with a 28-5 record. Nicholas was also a member of that squad, then he and Wortham helped lead Tacoma's run to the title in the 2001-02 season as the Titans finished 30-3. Ranked second in the NWAACC, Howell's squad beat top-ranked Big Bend 88-78 in the championship game. Wortham helped Howell's final TCC team finish 26-5 and fifth at the NWAACC Tournament in the 2002-03 season.

Howell's squads were known for their defense. Tacoma ranked first in the NWAACC in scoring defense in 2002-03 (66.9 points per game) and 2001-02 (67.8) seasons, and a year earlier ranked second (69.8).

Howell was selected as NWAACC Coach of the Year once, and was the Western Region Coach of the Year three times. He also was a head coach in the NWAACC All-Star Game on five occasions. Approximately 75 percent of his players at TCC earned their associate degrees.

Howell and the coach he replaced at EWU -- Mike Burns -- both served as assistant coaches at Central Washington University. Howell, who helped coach Central to a 31-5 record in 1989 and a fifth-place finish in the NAIA Tournament, was at Central from 1989-92 while Burns served from 1996-99.

Howell received his bachelor's degree in physical education from Central in 1991 after playing and coaching under legendary coach Dean Nicholson and the late Gil Coleman. Prior to transferring to CWU, he played basketball at Skagit Valley College in Mt. Vernon, Wash. Howell graduated from Morton, Wash., High School in 1984 where he played both basketball and football.

Howell was born Oct. 26, 1965, in Silver Springs, Md. He and his wife, Jeri Lynn, are the parents of two sons -- Cameron (12) and Connor (8).

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