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Alabama A&M hires new men's basketball coach

Dylan Howard

An interim coach has been in place since June

Posted: Mar 19, 2019 8:39 AM

According to a press release Tuesday from Alabama A&M:

Dylan Howard officially has been hired as the Alabama A&M men’s basketball coach.

Even though Howard has a new title, he is not new to the Alabama A&M program.

In June, Howard was named Alabama A&M’s interim men’s basketball coach, leading the Bulldogs through the 2018-19 season.

Alabama A&M Director of Athletics Bryan Hicks announced the decision Tuesday morning, citing Howard’s basketball expertise and the progress the program showed this season as prominent reasons why Howard was elevated.

“We are extremely excited to have Dylan Howard as our men’s basketball coach,” Hicks said. “During his tenure as interim coach, I was extremely pleased with the progress that was made by our team, both on and off the court.

“Coach Howard is a high-character individual who brings the basketball expertise to the position that we are looking for in our coach. He has assembled a high-quality staff who have done a great job in developing our student-athletes and recruiting the type of prospects who will help return our program to a high level.”

During his interim season at Alabama A&M, the program showed significant progress throughout the season. The Bulldogs finished with a 5-27 record, improving on the previous two seasons while being extremely competitive in SWAC play, in spite of having a roster that was significantly hampered with injuries.

“I would like to thank Dr. Andrew Hugine and Mr. Bryan Hicks for naming me the next head coach at Alabama A&M,” Howard said. “This truly is a blessing and a great honor to build this program into a championship contender.

“This past season we were able to lay a strong foundation by improving our record over the previous two seasons. We graduate three seniors, and each of them will be missed. The future is bright as we continue to recruit high-character individuals. We were able to sign two local players in the early signing period, and both were ranked in the top 25 in the state of Alabama.”

Howard also was active in the community during his tenure as interim coach, frequently having student-athletes visit local schools and participate in charity events.

Community service is something Howard plans to continue.

“That’s something I believe is important,” Howard said. “I believe that giving back to the community is part of the job. Not only does community service help bring our student-athletes closer to the community, but I also believe this is something that benefits our student-athletes by helping them understand the value in helping others.”

Howard came to Alabama A&M before the 2017-18 season, serving as the program’s associate head coach.

Prior to Alabama A&M, Howard spent five seasons at Morehead State as the program’s associate head coach. During that tenure, he helped the Eagles win 89 games and finish second in the 2016 College Basketball Invitational.

Before moving to Morehead State, Howard spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Mississippi Valley State, where he helped the Delta Devils sign two top-50 recruiting classes that included five all-Southwestern Athletic Conference selections.

Howard has seven seasons of head coaching experience. From 2001-08, he was the head coach at Division-III Hardin-Simmons in Abilene, Texas, where he was named the 2005 American Southwest Conference coach of the year in 2005 and led the programs to its first ASC championship game appearance in 2007.

Howard started his coaching career in 1996 at NAIA Saint Francis, which is located in his hometown, Fort Wayne, Ind.

As a player, Howard played for Gene Bartow at UAB, where he was part of the Blazers’ teams that made NCAA tournament appearances in 1986 and 1987, then reached the NIT semifinals in 1989.

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