IUPUI promotes Howard to head coach
Jaguars tab long time assistant as new leader
INDIANAPOLIS - The IUPUI Athletics Department and Director of Athletics Mike Moore have announced that longtime Associate Head Men’s Basketball Coach Todd Howard has been elevated to Head Coach. Howard, who spent the past 16 years as an assistant on Ron Hunter’s staff, succeeds Hunter and becomes the seventh head coach in the program’s near 40-year history.
"We certainly look forward to Coach Howard continuing the program’s rich history of successes on the court and making his imprint on the program," Moore said. "Academically, we want to mirror that same success in the classroom as part of our collective mission to recruit, retain and graduate champions. Todd is committed to our mission and is the perfect choice to take IUPUI basketball to new heights."
"Todd’s passion for IUPUI, his experience, and his commitment to recruit, retain, and graduate champions made him the best choice to be our men’s basketball coach," IUPUI Chancellor Charles Bantz said.
Howard was the longest tenured assistant/associate coach in The Summit League entering this past season and has been recognized among the nation’s top mid-major assistants by numerous publications including Fox Sports and Hoop Scoop in recent years.
"I am extremely honored and humbled by the opportunity to become the next head coach at IUPUI," Howard said. "I firmly believe in the leadership, vision and potential that this campus and program possesses. Our program will represent this campus and community in stellar fashion.
"More than anything, I’m just excited to continue to work to make IUPUI better, both on and off the basketball court."
With Howard on the bench, IUPUI won a school record 26 games in 2007-08 and notched 25 wins two seasons later. In 2010, the Jaguars registered their first-ever postseason win at the Division I level, beating Hofstra in the opening round of the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) in Hempstead, N.Y.. All total, during Howard’s 10-year tenure as associate head coach, IUPUI reached the league championship game five times.
The 40-year old Howard has also spearheaded the Jaguars’ recruiting efforts since being promoted to the associate spot in 2001. Howard is credited with landing two league Players of the Year in Odell Bradley and current San Antonio Spurs standout George Hill, along with numerous other former prep standouts from the Midwest. In all, seven former Indiana All-Stars have attended IUPUI during Howard’s tenure.
Howard has continued to hone his coaching skills, leading an Athletes in Action squad to an 8-1 record on a 10-day tour through East Asia in 2008. In addition, he has twice served as a counselor at the prestigious Pete Newell Big Man Camp, working with the nation’s elite post players.
Howard prides himself on the development of perimeter players as IUPUI has routinely ranked among the nation’s best in fewest turnovers per game, three-point shooting and free throw shooting. The 2007-08 squad was led by the guard trio of Hill, Austin Montgomery and Gary Patterson, although Howard is also credited with the development of others including Matt Crenshaw, Brandon Cole, David Barlow and most recently Alex Young and Leroy Nobles.
A native of Louisville, Howard played collegiately at the University of Louisville for Hall of Fame Head Coach Denny Crum. The Cardinals reached three NCAA Tournaments during his career and captured a pair of Metro Conference titles. He later served as a Student Assistant under Crum during the 1993-94 season, helping the Cardinals to a Sweet 16 finish on a roster that included five future NBA players. He earned his degree from IUPUI in 1996.
The Howard family is rich in basketball tradition as Todd’s father, Terry, also played at Louisville and his younger brother, Nathan, played at Murray State. Todd is married to the former Patti Martin, also from Louisville. The couple have a son, Adam, who turned 11 on Jan. 10 and a daughter, Katie, who turned eight on March 5. The Howard family resides in Fishers.
Howard will be formally introduced at a press conference on Monday, April 25, at 3 p.m. at the IUPUI Campus Center (SW corner of Michigan and University Blvd.).