To say that Howard College athletics had a banner 2022-2023 season can be a gross understatement. Throughout the previous season, Howard has a powerful checklist of excellent accomplishments on the sphere, the courts and within the pool. The swimming and diving group graced the duvet of Sports activities Illustrated; the soccer group captured a share of the MEAC convention common season title for the primary time in three a long time; and the boys’s basketball group gained its first common season and match title and journey to the NCAAs in additional than 30 years.
Howard’s yr of accomplishments had been rewarded with the coveted All-Sports activities Awards in each males’s and ladies’s sponsored sports activities for the primary time since 1988.
Howard, who’s a member of the Mid-Japanese Athletic Convention (MEAC) in sports activities (soccer, basketball, ladies’s volleyball, observe and subject, cross nation, tennis, ladies’s bowling and softball) and with the Northeast Convention (NEC) within the others (swim and diving, golf, soccer and ladies’s lacrosse), has completed greater than at any time in class historical past.
“I’m so pleased with our coaches, scholar athletes, administration and assist employees for these accomplishments,” mentioned Howard Director of Athletics Kery Davis, in his eighth season on the helm. “The exhausting work and dedication they put in day-after-day paid off and we look ahead to persevering with this success in 2023-’24.”
Dr. Paul Cotton has seen the journey in athletics on the college for greater than 40 years. Cotton began out as a member of the wrestling group, then turned one of many youngest head coaches within the nation at 22 earlier than this system was dropped in 2000.
“The purpose again in 1978 was to create a clear and aggressive program,” mentioned Cotton, who has additionally served on the Howard Board of Trustees and is thought to be one of many establishment’s prime historians. “There have definitely been moments of success and likewise a share of setbacks (NCAA guidelines violations). So, to see this system attain this stage of success and consistency is a credit score to the athletics division and the College’s dedication.”
The success has introduced nationwide consideration to the golf program and the swimming and diving program, which graced the duvet of Sports activities Illustrated for its success as the one swim and diving program in HBCUs.
It’s thrilling for the College to obtain this sort of recognition,” mentioned Nic Askew, a former two-sport athlete who doubles as each swim and diving coach and leads the boys’s and ladies’s tennis groups. “It’s definitely useful in terms of recruiting. It’s an thrilling time for athletics at Howard.”
Askew added that the latest success has boosted registration for the annual summer time swim and diving camp held on the college. The demand has pressured him so as to add two further weeks because of the excessive demand and curiosity. For the primary time, there are campers who come from as many as 11 totally different states.
Along with the honors on the sphere, swimming pools and courts, this system continues to cleared the path in scholar athletes cited for educational excellence. One-hundred-thirty-five members of the MEAC sponsored sports activities had been named to the Commissioner’s All-Tutorial group.
The awards are offered to the coed athletes who rating 3.0 or above of their respective majors. There have been additionally a lot of scholar athletes who had been named to the NEC All-Tutorial group of their respective sports activities.