Brenda Howe, a former golfer at Eastern Washington University, enters her sixth year as head coach of the EWU women's golf team in 2014-15. She was appointed to the position entering the 2009-10 season.
Most recently, the Eagles finished seventh at the Big Sky Championship in 2014. Howe coached Marissa Borja to Second Team All-Big Sky honors as Borja won her first collegiate golf tournament at the Southern Utah Invitational on Mar. 13-14.
Eastern finished sixth out of 11 teams at the Big Sky Championships in 2013, the program's highest finish under Howe. The Eagles shot a third-round 298 at the championships, the program's lowest single-round score since 2008. Eastern finished with a 54-hole score of 911, the lowest three-round total since 2002.
EWU also took second out of 13 teams at the Jackrabbit Invitational in March of 2013 as freshman Marissa Borja posted a score of 71 in the tourament's second round.
In 2012, Howe's team earned a Public Recognition Award from the NCAA for posting a perfect Academic Progress Rate of 1,000. The EWU women's golf team was one of just 11 squads in the Big Sky to earn the award, and the only golf team honored.
In each of her first three years, Howe has had at least three players earn Big Sky All-Academic honors, and in 2010, all five members of the team were recognized on the list.
Highlighting Howe's second season as head coach was her team's performance at the Shocker Invitational in Newton, Kan. The team took third place overall after recording a total score of 616 (313-303). Eastern's second-round score of 303 marked the best single-round effort by an Eagle squad since 2008. Senior Kellie Holmstedt was named the Co-Big Sky Golfer of the Week following the event, as she took fourth on the individual leaderboard with a two-round total of 147 (75-72).
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 and was recently inducted into the Washington State Athletics Hall of Fame.
During Howe’s 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."
Howe (formerly Hall) earned her bachelor's degree in recreation management in 1999. She is married to Chris Howe and they have two children - Lauren, 7, and Ryan, 5.