This time around, Carl Howell decided to stay at Tacoma Community College.
The longtime men’s basketball coach for the Titans withdrew his name from consideration for the Eastern Washington job Monday – almost one week after EWU officials interviewed him.
“Although it was an honor to have EWU meet with me about their head men’s basketball coaching position, I have decided to stay at TCC,” Howell said. “TCC is a very special place to me, and I have one of the best jobs in the country, in my opinion.”
Howell’s name immediately surfaced as a leading candidate after Kirk Earlywine was fired at the end of Eastern’s season earlier this month.
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For starters, Howell, 45, is the winningest active coach in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) – with a 316-94 record in 12 seasons.
Howell also has a history with Eastern, serving under Mike Burns as the Eagles’ associate head coach from 2003-07.
Eastern athletic director Bill Chaves met with Howell in Tacoma early last week. But after Howell met with TCC vice president of student services Mary Chikwinya a few days later, he was convinced to stay put as coach and athletic director.
Whitworth coach Jim Hayford is expected to be named EWU coach today.