MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Dylan Howard, who played in two NCAA Tournaments and has spent 16 years as a men’s college basketball coach, has been named the associate head coach at Morehead State.
Howard will be re-united with Sean Woods, who was recently named the head coach at MSU. Howard was the top assistant under Woods at Mississippi Valley State from 2008-11. The duo put together two top-50 recruiting classes in their three seasons together at MVSU.
“I am excited to be back with Coach Woods because I enjoy working with him and learning from him,” Howard said. “Sean is one of the best young coaching minds in college basketball. We had a great time together previously, and we look forward to taking this program to the next level.”
Howard comes to Morehead State after spending one season as the head coach at Division III North Park in Chicago. It was his second stint and eighth year as a collegiate head coach.
“I’m excited about getting another opportunity to work with Dylan,” Woods said. “He was instrumental in helping us build the program from the ground up at Mississippi Valley State. Dylan is an excellent basketball coach and will be a great asset for our program here at Morehead State.”
Prior to MVSU, Howard had a seven-year run (2001-08) as the head coach at Division III Hardin-Simmons in Abilene, Texas. He was named American Southwest Conference Coach of the Year in 2005 after guiding the Cowboys to their first-ever league tournament appearance. In 2007, HSU reached the ASC Tournament championship game for the first time in school history.
Howard coached 23 academic all-conference selections at Hardin-Simmons and 16 all-west division honorees. He graduated 100 percent of his four-year players in those seven seasons at HSU.
Before HSU, Howard served as a Division I assistant coach at Robert Morris (Pa.) in 2000-01. He was in charge of recruiting, post-player development, scheduling and strength & conditioning.
Howard started his coaching career at Saint Francis in his hometown of Fort Wayne, Ind., where he served as the top assistant and recruiting coordinator from 1996-2000. The NAIA Cougars went from eight wins in his first season to 31 victories and a No. 1 national ranking during his final campaign. Howard also coached the NAIA National Player of the Year during his final year there.
As a player, Howard led UAB to NCAA Tournament appearances in 1986 and 1987 and an NIT Final Fourth berth in 1989. After college, he went on to be a two-time all-league selection in the Asian Professional Basketball Association in Taipei, Taiwan.
Howard earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from UAB in 1992 and a master’s degree in sports recreation and management from Hardin-Simmons in 2005.
In 2010, he was chosen for the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s Silver Anniversary Team.
Howard, who was invited to the 1985 McDonald’s Derby Classic, was rated as the nation’s 11th-best player at one point during his high school career.