Theo Howard, a veteran with 25 years of coaching experience, has been named the interim head women’s basketball coach at East Georgia State College. Howard comes to East Georgia State College as its fifth head coach in the history of the women’s basketball program. He brings with him coaching experience from the college, high school, and AAU ranks. Howard most recently spent three seasons as the women’s basketball recruiting coordinator/assistant coach at Columbus State University (CSU). Howard helped recruit a class in 2016 that lead CSU to a Peach Belt conference championship and NCAA region championship, with a trip to the NCAA Elite Eight. CSU was nationally ranked as high as 4th in the country in 2016-2017. He also served as the Athletics Director for Development while at CSU.
Prior to his stint at CSU, Howard served as a volunteer assistant for the Livingstone College women’s basketball program for two seasons. During that time the team amassed a 79-30 record and was ranked as high as 5th in the country. Prior to Livingstone, Howard served as the assistant coach/recruiting coordinator for the Salem College women’s basketball program from 2012-2014 seasons. The Spirits made two trips to the Great South Atlantic Conference (GSAC) championship, ultimately winning the conference title in 2014. Howard was recognized as the Assistant Coach of the Year while at Salem College. Howard coached men’s basketball during the 2011-2012 season, when he served as a volunteer assistant coach for Winston-Salem State University who also won the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) conference championship on the 100th anniversary of the conference.
Howard has also served as an Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at two University of North Carolina System schools for more than 13 years. His responsibilities included supervision of several key areas of student life including: Student Activities, Student Government, Homecoming Chair, Greek Life, Student Organizations, University Student Centers, Residence Life, Campus Recreation, Career Services, Health Services, Minority Male Mentoring Program, and Counseling. His experience as an administrator plays an important role in how he interacts with student-athletes and motivates them to grow, learn, and be great. He believes that “student development” should be at the core of all that we do in higher education.
Prior to his stint in higher education, Howard served an as executive director for the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit where amongst many other things, he coached an AAU program that was ranked as high as #2 in the country and many of his players went on to participate in intercollegiate athletics at Division I Power 5 Conference schools. Howard also hosted basketball camps partnering with NBA athletes teaching and motivating hundreds of children.
Howard played basketball collegiately at Consumnes River College (Sacramento, CA) where he was a team MVP, and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse where he was also a standout performer.
“I would like to welcome Coach Howard to the Bobcat Nation! Coach Howard will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our Women’s Basketball Program, and we are extremely fortunate to have such an outstanding person and coach on our athletic team,” said EGSC Athletic Director Chuck Wimberly.
Howard obtained a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Masters in Sports Administration from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UWL). Howard was honored as a recipient of the Parker Distinguished Alumni Award from UWL in 2015.
Howard and his wife, Anita, have three children: Jason, Thallan and Theo II.