Head Coach - Earl Diddle
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:
Coach Diddle’s remarkable accomplishments over the past 47 years include:
The Diddle Profile
Ashland University, BS, Health & PE, 1972
Tennessee Tech, MA, Health & PE, 1973
Lindsey Wilson Junior College, Kentucky, 1968
Ashland University, Ohio, 1969-1972
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) .
Bethany — Graduate 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
Phone: (432) 264-5043
Associate Head Coach - Tara Lisle
Tara Lisle joined Howard College following 4 years as an assistant coach at South Plains College.
Tara played for South Plains College from 2003-2005 and was a member of the 2005 squad that won WJCAC and Region 5 championship before finishing fourth in the NJCAA national tournament. Upon graduating from SPC in 2005, Lisle continued her playing career at Tarleton State University.
A native of Rule, Tx, Tara earned her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Studies in 2008 and her Master’s degree in Kinesiology at Tarleton State University in 2011.
Phone: (432) 264-5155
Academic Advisor - Lauren Barber
Lauren Barber joined Howard College in 2014 and has been advising Women’s Basketball since Spring 2016.
Lauren is an Academic Advisor as well as the ADA Coordinator for the Big Spring Site. Lauren also coaches a LEADS course for incoming freshman students.
As a native of Big Spring, Lauren earned her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science from Howard Payne University in 2007 and her Master’s degree in Education in 2016 from Angelo State University.
Phone: (432) 264-5024
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