Adam Howard joins the Husker Basketball Coaching Staff

Nebraska men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg announced it on Monday Adam Howard will be part of Husker’s coaching team as an assistant coach.

Howard comes to Lincoln after spending the last four seasons as an assistant in South Alabama, where he was promoted to associate head coach of the Jaguars prior to the 2021-22 season. In the United States, he coordinated the Jaguars’ full-and-half defensive kits, working with the postal players and helping three players gain recognition throughout the conference.

“My family and I are humbled and excited about the opportunity to be a part of Coach Hoiberg’s staff in Nebraska.” Howard said: “Coach Hoiberg has been remarkably successful at all levels of basketball, and I could not be more grateful that the next step in my development as a coach is to learn and grow under him and the staff he has in place in Nebraska. “My family and I can not wait to get started building relationships on campus and in the Lincoln community.”

In his four years at the school under coach Richie Riley, South Alabama has gone 75-51, including a couple of seasons with 20 wins, after the school had five straight lost seasons. During his tenure in the United States, Howard’s defense has ranked in the top 50 nationally in field goal defense in each of the last two years, while also lowering their opponent’s field goal and 3-point percentage in each of the past three seasons. . His defense has also recorded at least 200 steals per. season, on average almost seven steals a match in that time period.

“He is a very well-rounded coach and fits what we were looking for and needed in this position,” Hoiberg said. “He’s great on the floor, does an excellent job of player development and has a lot of connections to get us involved with high-level recruits.”

This season, the Jaguars went 21-12 and reached the semifinals of The Basketball Classic, while the Jaguars’ 21 wins are the most at school since the 2007-08 season. South Alabama ranks in the top 40 nationally in scoring defense (64.0 ppg, 34th), field goal percentage defense (.404, 37th) and blocked shots per game. camp (4.9, 25.). His most recent conference honoree is Javon Franklin, who averages 12.2 points per game. fight while shooting 66 percent from the field and he is in the top five in the conference in both rebounding (7.8 rpg) and blocked shots (1.3 bpg).

In 2019-20, the Jaguars aired the program’s first season with 20 wins since the 2008-09 campaign behind strikers Josh Ajayi and Trhae Mitchell, both of whom gained recognition at all conferences on two occasions under Howard’s guidance. Ajayi averaged 14.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. draft and led the conference in field goal percentage (0.562) on the way to first-team All-Sun Belt recognition. Mitchell averaged 13.6 points and 7.6 rebounds per game while leading the team in rebounds, assists, blocks and steals. In his first season in the United States, Ajayi was a second-team pick in all conferences after placing in the league’s top 10 in scoring (16.4 ppg), rebounding (7.4 rpg) while leading the conference in field-goal percentage ( 0.560).

Before joining the South Alabama staff, Howard was at Troy University for two seasons. In 2016-17, Howard played a role in getting Trojan horses to the NCAA Tournament, winning the most fights by a Troy team since 2003-04 and recording the biggest victory improvement in the school’s history. During Howard’s time at school, Jordon Varnado and Wesley Person both achieved all-Sun Belt honors in 2016-17 and 2017-18, and Person set a conference record for career-3 pointers.

Troy was successful on the field and in the classroom as the Trojans held the highest team GPA in the Sun Belt Conference two years in a row.

Howard spent the preseason in Tennessee, working with Josh Richardson, a first-team pick of the SEC and the 40th pick of the 2015 NBA Draft. The Ashland, Ky. Native was also responsible for signing Kevin Punter, who was a junior college all-American, and Tariq Owens. Punter had an average of 22 points per. fight as a senior – 12th best in Division I – and his 905 points are the most in the UT history of a two-year-old player. Owens eventually helped Texas Tech to a national title fight in 2019 and signed a two-way contract with the Phoenix Suns in 2020.

In two seasons at Southern Miss, he helped the Golden Eagles put together a record of 56-17 with two post-season appearances. USM set a school record of 29 victories in 2013-14, winning a share of the Conference USA title and reaching the quarterfinals of NIT for the second season in a row. That followed a 27-10 campaign in 2012-13, with Southern Miss recording its first postseason victory since 1988.

Howard began his coaching career in 2009 as a graduate assistant at Morehead State before moving into a full-time role a year later. In his second year on the staff, the Eagles went 25-10 overall and 13-5 at the Ohio Valley Conference, winning the OVC tournament and disrupting No. 4 seed Louisville in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Two of MSU’s players that season continued to play professionally, including Kenneth Faried, a two-time Ohio Valley Player of the Year and a first-round pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.
As a player, Howard received four university letters in Western Kentucky from 2004-08 and played on three teams that advanced to the off-season. Hilltoppers went to NIT in 2005 and 2006, and Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament 2008. The 2008 team defeated Drake and San Diego in the first two rounds before falling to the final Final Four participant UCLA. WKU won 96 matches during his career, receiving the Danny Rumph Most Outstanding Teammate Award three times.

Howard graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Western Kentucky in 2008. He and his wife, Renee, have two sons, Eli and Easton, and a daughter, Emma.

Adam Howard At first glance

Coaching experience
Year School (position)
2021-22 South Alabama (Associate Head Coach)
2018-21 South Alabama (assistant coach)
2016-18 Troy (assistant coach)
2015-16 Tennessee (assistant coach)
2013-15 Southern Miss (assistant coach)
2010-13 Morehead State (assistant coach)
2009-10 Morehead State (Candidate Assistant)

Gaming experience
2004-08 Western Kentucky

2008 Western Kentucky (BS, Mass Communication)

Wife: Renee
Children: Eli, Emma and Easton

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