September 9, 2009

Howe Named EWU Golf Coach

First competition for new coach takes place early next week at Hangman Valley

Brenda Howe, a former golfer at Eastern Washington University, has been appointed the school's head women's golf coach.

Shortly after taking over the reigns of the team, Howe will lead the team into its first competition of the 2009-10 season and its only home event of the campaign. The Eagles will co-host the Bulldog/Eagle Challenge with Gonzaga on Monday and Tuesday (Sept. 14 and 15, respectively) at Hangman Valley Golf Course in Spokane.

Howe brings to her first head coaching experience a wealth of knowledge gleaned from her time as a player as well as an assistant coach and golf instructor.

Most recently, she served as golf instructor for the past seven years at Indian Canyon and Downriver Golf Courses.

Previously, she acted as assistant men's and women's golf coach at Washington State from 1999-2001.

There, she recruited Kim Welch, a two-time National Golf Coaches Association All-American (2003 and 2004) who won 11 tournaments during her time as a Cougar. Welch also claimed the championship of the Golf Channel's "Big Break Ka'anapali" television series.

During her collegiate playing days, she twice earned All-Big Sky Conference honors (1995 and 1996), twice was named BSC Player of the Week (during the 1997 and 1998 seasons) and was twice honored by the Big Sky on its All-Academic team (1997 and 1998).

Her final year came under the tutelage of Marc Hughes, who was recently transitioned from that role into the position of associate director of athletics for development and the director of golf. He was Eastern's head coach the past 11 seasons.

"Marc has done a tremendous job for the program the past 11 years," Howe said. "I am honored to take over the reigns at my alma mater, and I look forward to taking the program to new heights."

Athletics director Bill Chaves is excited about the return of Howe to Eastern Washington.

"It is exciting to have Brenda rejoin the Eagle family," Chaves said. "What a great situation to have one of Marc's seniors from his first team at Eastern now take over the program a decade later."

Howe (maiden name Brenda Hall) earned her bachelor's degree in recreation management in 1999. She is married to Chris Howe and they have two children - Lauren, 2, and Ryan, 1.

Her first tournament, which sees golfers tee off starting at 9 a.m. on Monday (36 holes) and 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday (18 holes), will see 14 teams take part.

Participating teams will include Eastern Washington, Gonzaga, British Columbia, Cal State Northridge, Idaho State, McNeese State, Montana, Montana State, Northern Arizona, Portland, Seattle University, Southern Utah, UC Riverside and Utah Valley.

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