July 19, 2004
Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., president of The Catholic University of America, today announced that Steve Howes, who has served for five years as an assistant coach for the Cardinals, has been named as head coach of CUA’s national title-winning men’s basketball program.
“We’re very happy Steve Howes will assume the lead coaching position for our men’s basketball team after all his good work recruiting and working with many of our top players,” says Father O’Connell. “He’s been a great asset to our program thus far and promises to continue the winning tradition of our championship team.”
“Strong coaching leadership is critical to continue a tradition of academic and athletic excellence for the men’s basketball program,” adds Susan D. Pervi, vice president for student life. “In selecting Steve Howes, we have a talented, devoted professional who will enable our student-athletes to enhance their individual skills and work together as a successful, competitive intercollegiate team.”
Howes is a CUA alumnus and a local success, who got his start playing at Wheaton’s Good Counsel High School, where he was a team captain and Coach’s Award winner. After graduating in 1991, Howe played at Frostburg State University in Maryland from 1991 to 1993 before transferring to CUA for his final two seasons. He started 14 games as a junior, including a 12-point, 12-rebound performance at Gettysburg. Returning to Good Counsel, he coached there from 1995-1998 and from 2000-2001. He graduated from CUA with a bachelor’s degree in history in 1996.
He first started working for his alma mater in September 1998 when he joined Coach Mike Lonergan’s staff at CUA, where he coached until June 2000. He went back to serve as assistant varsity coach at Good Counsel High School in Wheaton for a year before returning to Catholic in October 2001, shortly after the Cardinals won the NCAA Division III National Championship title.
The Washington, D.C., native is well known for his recruiting skills and his individual workouts with top college and professional players. Among the players he has helped develop are Roger Mason Jr., the Chicago Bulls’ second-round pick in 2002; Earl Hunt, all-time leading scorer at Brown University; and Eddie Lucas, a 1999 second-round pick of the Utah Jazz.
“Steve Howes will do a great job leading our basketball program,” says CUA Director of Athletics Bob Talbot. “He’s a proven performer for this program and already has great relationships on this campus, at local high schools, and with other top feeder schools in the mid-Atlantic area.”
“I am fortunate to be able to coach at such a wonderful university that has always been special to me,” says Howes. “It is a great honor and challenge to follow in the footsteps of Mike Lonergan. Over the last 11 years, he has been my coach, mentor and friend. I look forward to continuing the tradition of success that we have built here.”
Howes is known for relentlessly attending D.C. high school games to scout for fresh talent, and for recruiting many of the players on CUA’s national title-winning 2001 lineup, including Matt Hilleary and Will Morley. He’s also known for getting the best from his players.
“I just had to go back to the drawing board,” said the Bulls’ Mason, in a 2001 interview with The Roanoke Times during his tenure at University of Virginia. “At home, my coach, Steve Howes, basically made me shoot till I couldn’t shoot anymore. Some days, I took as many as 1,000 jumpers — not so much 3-pointers — but form shooting and getting my shot back to where it was.“
Mason, a Good Counsel High School graduate, still takes instruction from Howes on an individual basis.
“Steve really takes the time to find the best players and then works with them to develop their potential to the fullest,” Talbot says. “He puts his whole heart into this game, and has the drive to help our student-athletes perform at their highest level while maintaining a commitment to academic excellence. He has the talent and the skill to help the Cardinals maintain their winning tradition. We look forward to an exciting new season under Coach Howes.”
The university plans to hold a welcoming reception for Howes in early September when CUA students return to campus.
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