Luke Howard to Join Tornado Baseball as Assistant Coach

BRISTOL, Tenn. – King College Athletics is proud to announce the addition of Luke Howard to the Tornado baseball coaching staff. He will serve as an assistant to first-year head coach Blaine Brown.

Howard comes to King from Division II Ouachita Baptist University (Ark.) where he was an assistant coach for the Tigers. In his first season with OBU, Howard helped the team to a 37-20 overall record, including a 23-5 mark at home, and housed a 10-game winner on the team's starting pitching rotation. Last year's Tiger team saw three players named to the All-Gulf South Conference team, including the team's leading starting pitcher Kolby Moore. Recently, Moore signed a professional contract with the River City Rascals and is one of four Tigers over the last three years to play professional baseball.

Over his tenure at OBU, Howard saw two pitchers earn First Team All-Conference honors and another earn All-Region and Conference Pitcher of the Year honors.

"My family and I are thrilled to become a part of the King College Baseball staff and I want to thank Coach Brown for believing in me and giving me this opportunity," said Howard. "It is an exciting time to be joining the King College athletic program with the move to a great conference like Conference Carolinas. I believe Coach Brown has a great vision for where he wants this program to go and I am ecstatic that he chose me to join him on the journey."

The Springsboro, Ohio native began his playing career as a pitcher for Big Ten contender Purdue University in 2000 and spent three years in the Boilermakers program. Howard finished his collegiate career at Ohio University in 2005 before beginning his coaching career.

"We're ecstatic to bring Luke on board to the King baseball family," said head coach Blaine Brown. "Not only did we get a great baseball coach but even a better person."

Prior to his time at OBU, he coached at two Division I institutions including the University of Cincinnati in 2007 and at Murray State in 2008. At UC, Howard coached the Bearcats' winningest pitcher in program history and Minnesota Twins 2008 MLB Draft seventh round selection, Dan Osterbrock.

Brown continued, "Luke's background with NCAA Division I and recruiting contacts in different parts of the country are going to be vital with our success at the Division II level. We'd like to welcome Luke and his family to Bristol and King College."