Howard Named Full-Time Head Baseball Coach at Penn College

The Pennsylvania College of Technology Athletics Department has elevated head baseball coach Christopher H. Howard to full time starting in the 2014-15 academic year. The coaching position is the first of three being changed for the upcoming year.

“As Penn College moves forward in its NCAA endeavors, an important component is maximizing the value of competing in Division III athletics,” athletic director Scott E. Kennell said. “There is probably no other area as important to the future success of our programs as quality coaching. As a result, we are thrilled to increase our support to three full-time coaches starting this fall.”

Howard has been the head of the baseball program since 2006. In those eight years, he has racked up an impressive 176-90 (.662) overall record. He has earned two conference championships and was a two-time “Coach of the Year” selection.

Christopher H. Howard

“Coach Howard has given our program a tremendous lift since his arrival to Penn College, both on and off the field,” Kennell added. “Over the years, I have been extremely impressed by his enthusiasm to work with his student-athletes and his commitment to continue the tradition of combining excellence in the classroom with competitiveness on the playing field.”

“When I was named the head baseball coach eight years ago, it was a hope of mine that this could someday turn in to a full-time position,” Howard said.  “I can’t tell you what an honor it is for me to be named full time as we head in to the next phase of Penn College Athletics and our entrance into the NCAA. I am very thankful to Penn College and the administration for giving me the opportunity to do what I love on a full-time basis.”

Howard, a native of San Diego, Calif., and a former major league baseball player, will concentrate most of his efforts on recruiting and coaching in the full-time position, but will have responsibilities with game-day management of the college’s other intercollegiate programs.

“I look forward to devoting all of my professional time to building not only a strong baseball program but a strong athletic department at Penn College,” Howard added.

Comments – 8 Comments

Congrats! Penn College made a great catch on this one!

Posted by Bambi Hawkins at April 7, 2014 at 9:01 am

If you think this is great “catch” as a coach, you should see him as a son!!
Way to go, Christopher.

Posted by Dick Howard at April 7, 2014 at 2:33 pm

What a great choice for Penn College!! A man who knows baseball and, more importantly, a good man overall!! Congrats, Chris! So very happy for you!

Posted by Linda Welch at April 7, 2014 at 8:48 pm

This is wonderful. So happy for you, Chris. Great news!!

Posted by Cindy Shaw at April 7, 2014 at 9:34 pm

They don’t know what a great move they have made. Howard and baseball are one and the same. Just ask any Howard.

Posted by Janet Howard at April 8, 2014 at 2:47 pm

“Hank” and I want to congratulate you, coach, for your promotion to full-time status. Your genuine concern for your players was very evident to all who knew you. PCT is getting a first-class coach and person. Go, Wildcats!

Posted by Kyle Myers at April 9, 2014 at 2:52 pm

Congrats. Nice to see a good guy moving upwards. Good luck.

Posted by Mike Nangle at April 10, 2014 at 1:45 pm

Congratulations, Chris, on your promotion.

Posted by Michael Juran at April 16, 2014 at 3:14 pm

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