A natural-born sportsman, Josh Howard played Post Graduate basketball in Hargrave in 1998 while sharpening his knack for leadership. As team captain, he showed up for every practice 15 minutes early and always made it a point to stay on the court for an extra 15 minutes. “I had to lead by example,” he says.
Howard went on to spend seven seasons with the Dallas Mavericks before playing for the Washington Wizards, Utah Jazz, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Austin Toros. The North Carolina native shot his way to being known as a versatile small forward, excellent in handling the ball and playing lock-down defense. Nagging injuries urged him to retire and coaching instantly felt like a natural fit.
“I realized that coaching was the ideal spot for me to get my message across,” says Howard. “With the career I’ve had, I’m full of knowledge and I’m ready to give that to the next generation. Hargrave helped me realize there was more to life. Being respected and treating others how you want to be treated sounds cliche, but those are the principles of life.”
In 2016, Howard was hired by Piedmont International University to be their new head coach. In April 2020, he was appointed head coach of the University of North Texas at Dallas.