Dylan Howard recently departed with Alabama A&M University, and now we may know why. Howard just accepted another coaching position at another HBCU! Learn more in the Alcorn State University Athletics story below.

Alcorn State University head men’s basketball coach Landon Bussie announced on Wednesday the hiring of Dylan Howard as Associate Head Coach of the Braves program. Howard, a veteran coach with almost three decades of experience, brings his talent to Lorman after spending the last four seasons as the head coach at Alabama A&M University.

“We are excited to have Coach Howard as a part of our family,” said Bussie of the new hire. “His experience and knowledge of the game will be huge for this upcoming season. He checked off all the boxes, and I look forward to working with him.”

Howard took over the Bulldog program as the interim head coach prior to the 2018 season and immediately impacted the program’s success. During the 2019-20 season, Alabama A&M saw its best record since its 2015-16 outing and made it to the semi-final round of the Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship Tournament last season for the first time in five years. 

Before helming the Alabama A&M men’s basketball program, Howard acted as the associate head coach for the 2017-19 season. He held the same position at Morehead State for five seasons, helping the team win 86 games and a second-place finish in the 2016 College Basketball Invitational.

Howard was the top assistant at Mississippi Valley State from 2008-11. He assisted in putting together two top-50 recruiting classes in three seasons at MVSU. Coach Howard recruited five All-SWAC players, including 2012 MVP Paul Crosby and SWAC Tournament MVP Cor-J Cox.

Prior to MVSU, Howard had a seven-year run (2001-08) as the head coach at Division III Hardin-Simmons in Abilene, Texas.  He was named American Southwest Conference Coach of the Year in 2005 after guiding the Cowboys to their first-ever league tournament appearance.  In 2007, HSU reached the ASC Tournament championship game for the first time in school history.

As a player, Howard played at UAB and led them to NCAA Tournament appearances in 1986 and 1987 and an NIT Final Four berth in 1989. After college, he went on to be a two-time all-league selection in the Asian Professional Basketball Association in Taipei, Taiwan.

Howard earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from UAB in 1992 and a master’s degree in sports recreation and management from Hardin-Simmons in 2005.

In 2010, Howard was named to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s Silver Anniversary Team.

Howard is married to his wife Nicole, and they have one daughter, Danielle.