Head Coach Steve Howes
After playing a key role in Catholic University's emergence as one of the top basketball programs in the nation, Steve Howes steps in as the 20th head coach in the 94-year history of Cardinal basketball. He succeeds his mentor, Mike Lonergan, who left to become as assistant coach at the University of Maryland.
During Howes' two tenures (1998-2000, 2001-2004) as an CUA assistant, the Cardinals amassed an outstanding record of 121-26 (.823), won five Capital Athletic Conference regular-season titles and two tournament championships. The Cards advanced to the NCAA tournament each year, twice going to the Sweet Sixteen and once to the Elite Eight. The 2001-02 team went 26-3 to set the school's season winning percentage record (.897). Howes has coached six players who have scored more than 1,000 career points.
Howes' recruiting ability and talent-evaluation skills helped CUA land many of the top recruits that formed the nucleus of the Cardinals' 2001 national championship team. Then-sophomore center Matt Hilleary was named All-Tournament of the 2001 Final Four and a second-team All-American in 2002-03. William Morley, a freshman on the title-winning team, became CUA's first first-team All-American last year.
Howes is well known for his individual workouts with top college and professional players. Among the players he helped develop are Roger Mason, the Chicago Bulls' 2002 second-round pick; Earl Hunt, the all-time leading scorer at Brown University; Chris Monroe, George Washington University's all-time leading; Eddie Lucas, a 1999 second-round draft pick of the Utah Jazz; and James Gist, a freshman at Maryland.
Howes for three seasons (1995-98) was head JV and assistant varsity coach at Good Counsel High School in Wheaton, Md., where helped the Falcons achieve a local Top 20 ranking each year. He coached a host of NCAA Division I players, including Mason (Virginia), Monroe, Hunt, and Omari Isreal (Notre Dame). In addition, Howes worked with two players (Zach Hilton and Chas Gessner) who are now in the NFL. Hilton is with the New Orleans Saints and Gessner is with the world champion New England Patriots.
In 1998, Howes served as an assistant in the prestigious Capital Classic high school all-star game, which featured current NBA player Troy Murphy. Howes joined Coach Lonergan's staff for the following two seasons, and then returned to Good Counsel the next year before rejoining the Cards in 2001.
Howes graduated from The Catholic University of America in 1996 with a bachelor's degree in history. After playing at Frostburg (Md.) State University from 1991-93, he transferred to CUA for his final two seasons. He started 14 games as a junior under Coach Lonergan, including a 12-point, 12-rebound performance at Gettysburg.
A team captain and Coach's Award winner at Good Counsel, Howes played on a team that set the Falcons' record for most wins up to that time. He received the school's Christian Conduct Award as a junior and graduated in 1991.
Howes taught religion and history at Good Counsel from 1997-2004 and has helped raise money for Montgomery (County, Md.) Hospice. He's active in the National Association of Basketball Coaches and has been a featured speaker at numerous basketball camps.
Stephen Todd Howes was born in Washington, D.C., on October 7, 1973. His wife, Melanie, also graduated from Good Counsel and was a swimmer at Immaculata College. They live in Silver Spring, Md., with their son Michael Patrick (6-17-04).