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Coach Ronnie Howell enters his 11th year at the helm of the LSU Shreveport Lady Pilots basketball program in 2012-13 and has been the only head coach since the program was reinstated in 2003. He is coming off a season in which his squad was ranked as high as 17th in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 poll during 2012-2013, the highest ranking in program history.
Howell spent 15 years as a high school basketball coach in the Shreveport/Bossier area prior to his tenure at LSUS. He has achieved more wins at LSUS than any other current coach with 177 and also has the longest tenure among Pilots coaches.
Howell and his Lady Pilots have posted a record of 177-124 overall record since 2003, including a school-best 27-6 overall record and a second place finish in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) with a conference record of 15-3 in 2008-2009. That finish led to Howell being named the 2009 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year as well as 2009 Louisiana Sports Writers Association Coach of the Year. The banner year launched the Lady Pilots to not only their first winning season but the beginning of the current streak of five straight winning seasons, including four 20-win campaigns.
Howell and his club love playing at The Dock as evidenced by a 94-39 record at home. A six-game winning streak at the conclusion of the 2012-2013 season places them near the half-way point of a club record 13 consecutive wins at home during the 2011-2012 and provides incentive for the beginning of the upcoming season. At the end of the 2012-2013 season, Howell was named the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) Coach of the Year as the Lady Pilots finished in second place in the regular season standings just one game behind Langston University.
Under Coach Howell, four different Lady Pilots have been named NAIA All-Americans on five different occasions. Valerie Huizar became the first LSUS All-American in 2008-09 while Sharday Cotton claimed the honor in 2010-11. Sharde Henry was honored in 2011-12 and again in 2012-2013 with teammate Jenna Diakos. There have been 12 different Lady Pilots named to All-Conference teams during his tenure.
Howell's top recruits have put up some impressive numbers in conference play over the years, producing five conference Newcomers of the Year awards as well as 17 all-conference first-team selections along with three second team and two honorable mention citations.
Coach Howell is a 1981 graduate of Airline High School where he played basketball and baseball. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in physical education from Baptist Christian College and completed teacher certification in special education at LSUS in 1993.
As the boy's coach at Bossier High School from 2000-2003, Howell compiled a 77-50 overall record with one district championship and four straight 4A state playoff appearances. As girl's coach at Byrd High School from 1994-1999, he had a five year record of 122-57, including five straight 5A playoff appearances. His teams were 5A state runners-up in 1997 and 1998. Howell also coached the Donnie Bickham Middle School girls' basketball team to a 28-1 record and a city championship in 1989-1990. He began his coaching career at Sibley High School where he was head girls' basketball coach and assistant boy's coach in 1988-89.
Howell resides in Bossier City and has three children-- Ryan (25), Rachel (22), and Cameron (15).