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Tacoma athletic director and men's basketball coach Carl Howell resigns

Below is an excerpt from The News Tribune

TODD MILLES; Staff writer, The News Tribune
Published: July 10, 2013 at 9:36 p.m. PDT Updated: July 10, 2013 at 9:59 p.m. PDT

Carl Howell  
Carl Howell  

Carl Howell, Tacoma Community College athletic director and the winningest active men’s basketball coach in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges, resigned from both positions Tuesday.

Howell, 47, leaves after two stints at the college totaling 15 seasons. He led the Titans to NWAACC titles in 2002 and 2012. Six weeks ago, his 2002 championship team was inducted into the association’s Hall of Fame.

“I love TCC, and Dr. (Pamela) Transue, our president, has been awesome to work for,” Howell said Wednesday. “But I’ve kind of debated the last couple of years going in a different direction. I decided now was the time to look for a new challenge.”

Regarded as a disciplinarian who demanded relentless team defense, Howell was hired in 1993 as TCC’s coach. He spent 10 seasons in that post before leaving to become an assistant coach under Ray Giacoletti at Eastern Washington University in the Big Sky Conference. Howell stayed at EWU for three seasons under coach Mike Burns.

It has not been decided if one or two people will be hired to fill the vacated positions, nor has a hiring timetable been established, said Steve Ashpole, the school’s director of enrollment services and registrar.

“We are hoping to move quickly,” Ashpole said. “Those are two big jobs on campus.”

Under Howell, the Titans registered an NWAACC-best 11 consecutive 21-win seasons, and they reached the final eight a record 10 seasons in a row at the NWAACC championship tournament.

In 15 seasons, Howell compiled a 363-109 record or a 77 percent winning percentage, tops in the NWAACC.\

“I’ve been really blessed with a lot of great players and good assistant coaches,” Howell said.

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