Head Coach Earl Diddle

Earl Diddle Head Women's Basketball Coach
Phone: (432) 264-5043
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Coach Diddle has taken charge of the Howard College Women’s Basketball Program bringing 47 years of coaching men and women’s basketball to Howard College. In Diddle’s 9 years coaching at Howard he has turned Howard College into an annual contender in the WJCAC and Region 5. Since under the direction of Coach Diddle the Lady Hawks have qualified for Region V Tournaments, and 1 National Tournament. The 2008-2009 team was a success for the Lady Hawks winning the Region 5 Tournament, which earned them a bid to the National Tournament. Coach Earl Diddle has posted a 571-425 career coaching record which is a 57% winning percentage.

Coach Diddle brings a variety of experiences from various academic levels including high school, junior college, NAIA, NCAA Divisions I and II, and preparation for the National Olympic Team for the United Arab Emirates. From this, he has gathered recognition from his colleagues as an effective teacher/coach of the game and as an outstanding recruiter nationally and world-wide. Learning from the best and teaching the best defines

Coach Diddle’s career as he played college basketball at Ashland University under ex-NBA Minnesota Timberwolves and Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Bill Mussleman.

In addition, Coach Diddle has been associated with many players playing in the NBA, CBA, and overseas, including the legendary Larry Bird, current president of the Indiana Pacers, former Boston Celtic great, former coach of the Indiana Pacers, and member of the NBA Hall of Fame. 

Former Players and staff that are in the coaching ranks today:
  • Makayla Grahn - Angelo State University
  • Mark Fox - University of Georgia
  • Greg Young - University Texas Arlington
  • Wade Scott - Texas A&M Kingsville
  • Ara Baten - Odessa College
  • Jay Herkelmen - Coffeyville Community College
  • Brian Barone - UW Green Bay
  • Ryan Hellenthal - Central Missouri State University
  • Eric Rodewald - Frank Phillips College
  • Addie Lees - Clarendon College
  • Sara Rondeau - Indiana University East
  • Bentia Buggs - Murray State
  • James Rike - Springtown High School 
  • Clarissa Krum - Western Texas College
  • Shonn Schroer - West Mesa High School
  • Bryan Zollinger - Seward County CC
  • Arnold Peralez - Borger High School
  • Casey Pack - Clovis High School 
  • Cecilia Russell-Nava - New Mexico State University 
  • Domonic Romero - Gallup High School
  • Kevin Holman - Kirtland High School - Deceased
  • Jamie Fisher - Connors State
  • Robbie Harper - Peoria High School
  • Vince Homer - Lovington High School
  • Steven Hamrick - Colleyville Heritage High School 
  • Carl Nicks - Indiana Pacers NBA 

Coach Diddle’s remarkable accomplishments over the past 47 years include:

United Arab Emirates, (National Coach)
  • Defeated Japan (16th ranked team in the world) in 13th annual Asian Games, the biggest win in United Arab Emirates basketball history.
  • Finished 8th in 13th Annual Asian Games, Bangkok, Thailand, the highest finish in national history.
  • Finished 7th in Jones Cup Tournament in Taipei, Taiwan, the highest finish in national history.
  • Finished 3rd in Asian Pro Tournament in Hong Kong, China, the best finish in national history.
  • Created and organized a National pass, catch, dribble, and shot program in all clubs.
  • The Four Ball Skill Clinic 
Eastern New Mexico University (record 156-124)
  • Is the second winningest coach in ENMU basketball history with 156 wins.
  • Ranked in NCAA Division II top 20 in 7-of-10 seasons.
  • Advanced to Lone Star conference semifinals in five of 10 seasons.
  • First ENMU Coach to take a program to NCAA Division II playoffs and Sweet 16.
  • Defeated NCAA Division I University of New Mexico in the famed “Pit.”
  • Founded and developed the largest basketball camp in New Mexico with over 2,000 campers per year.
Panhandle State University (record 60-40)
  • Ranked 8th nationally during the 1986-1987 season.
  • Qualified twice in three years for NAIA playoffs.
  • Defeated NCAA Division I West Texas State.
Other accomplishments Include:
  • Member of East Liverpool Hall of Fame along with football coaching legend Lou Holtz of ESPN.
  • Youngest 5A head coach in Ohio High School basketball history. Won the 1975 Sectional Championship.
  • Given credit for 25th ranked recruiting class by Street and Smith Magazine in 1981 while at Indiana State University.
  • Has appeared nationally and world-wide as a basketball clinician.

The Diddle Profile


  • Ashland University, BS, Health & PE, 1972
  • Tennessee Tech, MA, Health & PE, 1973

Playing Experience

  • Lindsey Wilson Junior College, Kentucky, 1968
  • Ashland University, Ohio, 1969-1972

Coaching Experience

Men’s Basketball

  • 1972-73  Tennessee Tech (TN), Graduate Assistant
  • 1973-77  East Liverpool High School (OH), Head Coach
  • 1977-78  Kent State Regional Campus (OH), Athletic Director/Head Coach
  • 1978-79  Wabash Valley (IL), Assistant Coach
  • 1979-85  Indiana State University (IN), Assistant Coach
  • 1985-88  Panhandle State (OK), Head Coach
  • 1988-98  Eastern New Mexico University (NM), Head Coach
  • 1998-99  United Arab Emirates, National Coach
  • 1999-00  Butler County Community College (KS), Assistant Coach
  • 2000-01  Gallup High School (NM), Athletic Director/Head Coach
  • 2001-02  Pratt Community College (KS), Assistant Athletic Director/Head Coach
  • 2002-03  Garden City Community College (KS), Head Coach

Women’s Basketball

  • 2003-04  Butler County Community College (KS), Head Coach
  • 2004-Present  Howard College, Big Spring, Texas, Head Coach


  • Colby — A successful career in modeling with the Wilhelmina Agency. Colby has lived in Tokyo Japan for 5 years, and lived in New York City for 10 years. Attended the New York School of Design. She has a residence on 5th Avenue in New York City and resides in Chicago Illinois in the Gold Coast District. Colby is married to Ralph Gaines and they have two Daughters: Madison (8) , and Caroline (4) .
  • BethanyGraduate of New Mexico State University & was a setter for the volleyball team. Former marketing and advertising executive for the International Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. International account executive for London based firm Pearl Fisher.  A graduate of the Johnson School of Business at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Resides in Boston, Massachusetts with her husband Michael Swachhammer and is currently the marketing and communication manager for Snap Inc. in Princeton, New Jersey.
  • Brooke — A sociology major, a graduate from the University of the District of Columbia. Works in Washington D.C. Working on her masters in sociology at the University of District of Columbia. 


Born: December 8, 1949
Birthplace: East Liverpool, Ohio

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