|Title:||Head Baseball Coach|
|College:||College of Wooster|
Kevin Howard has been the head baseball coach at LaGrange for 13 seasons. In 2012, the Panthers were 17-27 and the runner-up in the GSAC tournament. He collected his 500th career win during the 2011 season.
Howard led the Panthers to their first NCAA national tournament bid in 2010. The Panthers went to the South Regional in Fayetteville, N.C. and defeated nationally-ranked Salisbury State during the tournament. The Panthers swept the Great South regular season and tournament titles.
In 13 seasons with LaGrange, Howard has a 350-243 (.590 winning percentage) record and an overall record of 527-335-1 (.612 winning percentage). During this time the Panthers have won six GSAC regular season championships, three GSAC tournament championships and an NCAA national tournament appearance.
In 2005, the Panthers acheived their first ever national ranking and finished 31-13. The Panthers led the nation in NCAA Division III in stolen bases per game and were second in the nation in runs scored per game, fourth in batting average and 11th in pitching earned run average.
Howard led LaGrange to a banner season in 2003. The Panthers won their first national baseball title, winning the USCAA National Tournament. The Panthers finished with a 36-10 record, setting school records for wins and fewest losses in a season. Under Howard, LaGrange has produced 55 all-conference performers, 16 all-region performers, 15 All-Americans and eight conference player/pitcher/freshman of the year award winners.
Prior to building the Panthers' baseball program, Howard had six successful years at Emory University in Atlanta. Howard led Emory to three straight berths in the NCAA Division III National Championships in 1996, 1997 and 1998. The American Baseball Coaches Association ranked Emory four years, including a number 12 ranking in 1999.
Emory had five All-Americans, 21 all-region performers, 23 all-conference performers and two conference most valuable players under Howard. In five of the six years, Howard's pitching staffs were ranked among the top 30 in the nation in team earned run average.
Prior to coming to Emory, Howard was the top assistant coach for Indiana of the Big Ten Conference for three years. He was also an assistant at Morehead State University in Kentucky and his college alma mater, The College of Wooster in Ohio. Wooster reached the Division III World Series in 1989 when Howard was an assistant coach there.
Howard graduated from Wooster in 1988. He was named to the all-region team by the American Baseball Coaches Association. Howard helped Wooster to four trips to the NCAA Division III national tournament, four national rankings and four conference championships.
A two-sport star, Howard was a four-year starter at defensive back, earning all-conference honors. He was given the school's Senior Scholar-Athlete Award, presented to the senior male athlete who has excelled academically, performed with distinction as an athlete and demonstrated positive leadership.
Howard holds a master's degree in exercise science from Morehead State. He is a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association and has served on the NCAA Division III regional selection advisory committee. During the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, Howard worked as a practice site coordinator for baseball.
Howard and his wife. Lisa, have two children; Jacob and Madison.
Kevin Howard's Head Coaching Record
|1996||Emory||29-16||NCAA Tournament, Ranked 26th|
|1997||Emory||32-16||NCAA Tournament, Ranked 20th|
|1998||Emory||33-16||NCAA Tournament, Ranked 23rd|
|1999||Emory||30-13||UAA Champions, Ranked 12th|
|Emory 6 years||177-92-1|
|2000||LaGrange||26-34||GACC Tournament Qualifier|
|2001||LaGrange||35-13||GSAC Regular Season Champion|
|2002||LaGrange||31-18||GSAC Regular Season Champion
|USCAA National Tournament Runner-up|
|2003||LaGrange||36-10||GSAC Regular Season Champion
|GSAC Tournament Champion|
|USCAA National Tournament Champion|
|2004||LaGrange||24-18||GSAC Regular Season Champion|
|2005||Lagrange||31-13||GSAC Regular Season Champion|
|2006||LaGrange||26-16||GSAC Tournament Champion|
|2007||LaGrange||28-17||GSAC Tournament Runner-up|
|2008||LaGrange||25-19||GSAC Tournament Runner-up|
|2010||LaGrange||27-19||GSAC Regular Season Champion|
|GSAC Tournament Champion|
|2012||LaGrange||17-27||GSAC Tournament Runner-up|
|LaGrange 13 years||350-243|
|Total 19 years||527-335-1|