Scott Raines enters his fifth year as the head coach of the Howard College Men's Basketball program. Raines is entering his thirteenth year with Howard College, having served in several different roles, from assistant coach with the men's basketball program, to Fitness Center director, to Dean of Students, and most recently District Registrar. He has previous collegiate coaching stops at Moberly Area Community College, Midland College, University of Oklahoma(Men and Women), Alderson Broaddus College and Oklahoma Christian University of Science and Arts.
In four years under Raines, the Hawks are 86-40 with three Region V tournament appearances and one conference championship. The Hawks are coming off a 20-12 season and a semi-final appearance in the Region V tournament in 2016-17. After a slow start to the year, the Hawks finished strong to qualify for the postseason and capped it off with a first round win over 29-1 (7th ranked) McLennan College. In 2014-15, the Hawks were co-conference champions (24-8, 13-3) and the Region V tournament runner-up. Along the way, the Hawks beat the NJCAA national tournament runner-up and third place team. In 2013-14, Raines led the team to a 24-8 (11-5 conference) record and a semifinal appearance in the Region V tournament.
20 players in three years under Coach Raines have moved on to play at the university level:
Demeco Blue- Texas A & M International
Srdjan Budimir- Texas A & M Commerce
Niels Bunschoten- Indiana State University
Travis Charles- University of Albany
Will Ferguson- St. Mary’s (TX) University
Sam Finley- University of Mississippi (Ole’ Miss)
Rob Gray- University of Houston
Isaiah Hobbs- University of Texas
Darius Johnson- LSU Alexandria
Shawn Jones- UMass Lowell
David “Pepe” Joseph- Bowling Green State University
Jose Libanio- Southeastern Oklahoma State University
Kuba Niziol- Cal-Poly
Reggie Oliver-Quinnipiac University
Shaquille Preston- Prairie View A & M
Kelvin "KJ" Riley- Evansville University
Dante Scott- Mississippi Valley State University
Lis Shoshi- University of Arkansas-Little Rock
Nic Thomas- Norfolk State University
Eric Weary- University of Houston
The Hawks were led the previous nine years by Mark Adams, currently an assistant at Texas Tech University. Adams led the Hawks to the 2010 National Championship along with 2006 and 2013 trips to the national tournament. Adams tenure included three seasons of 30 wins or more and two NJCAA national players of the year, Charles Burgess in 2006 and Jae Crowder (currently with the Boston Celtics) in 2010.
Raines is a graduate of Oklahoma Christian University of Science and Arts in Edmond, Oklahoma. He played collegiately at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colorado and Oklahoma Christian. He is married to Kelly Raines (Howard College Softball Coach) and they have an eleven year old son, Austen.
Carter Roe enters his 5th year with the Hawk Men’s Basketball Program, along with bringing to the program five years of viable and varied experience as an assistant basketball coach, making him a valuable asset to Howard College. He presently serves as the recruitment coordinator and assists in all facets of the Hawk Men’s Program. Roe previously served at Arizona Western College, Utah State University Eastern, and McCook Community College.
“It is a privilege to serve under the tutelage and guidance of Head Coach Scott Raines. He is disciplined, ethical, and always ready to go. Coach Raines expects our players to be young men of good character,” said Roe.
Roe takes seriously the job of being a mentor to the players, both on and off the court. Howard College stresses the importance of academics to its student athletes. Howard College Men’s Basketball is proud to have many of its players transfer to Division I universities.
Roe received both his Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona.
Lucas Houchin enters his first year with the Hawks Men’s Basketball Program. He brings valuable experience from being a student manager at Missouri State University and the University of Kentucky with him to the Hawks program. During his time at the University of Kentucky, Houchin worked with NBA lottery picks De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, and Bam Adebayo. He is also very active with summer basketball camps, having worked at the University of Kentucky, University of Utah, University of Nevada Las Vegas, University of Dayton, and Marquette University.
“I am very grateful to have the opportunity to work at Howard College for Coach Raines. His values of hark work- both in athletics and academics-, integrity, and generosity are evident in his actions, and are reflected in the players as well. I am learning to be a better coach and person each day under Coach Raines’ tutelage,” said Houchin.
Houchin received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a minor in Economics from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky.
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