Hawks Coaching Staff

A good coach can change a game, a great coach can change a life. - John Wooden

Mike Yeater: Rodeo – Head Coach

Phone: (432) 264-5111 Email: myeater@howardcollege.edu After a twenty year hiatus, Mike is back at Howard College as the Head Rodeo Coach.  Mike was raised in El Paso, Texas and grew up rodeoing in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and Oklahoma.  He served as the Rodeo Coach at Frank Phillips College in Borger, Texas prior to coming to Howard College in 1991 were he was the Rodeo Coach until 1999. Since then he has served in a variety of roles in Administration at various institutions across the state.  Mike came back to Howard

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Cody Semler: Baseball – Assistant Coach

Phone: (432) 264-5041 Assistant Coach Cody Semler joins Howard College in his first year with the Hawks and will take over the recruiting duties while working with infielders, outfielders, catchers, and hitters. Coach Semler comes to Howard College from Oklahoma State University. Semler was the graduate assistant coach at OSU from 2016-2019. During his time at OSU, Semler put together an extensive resume, which includes: 2 Big 12 Conference Championships, 3 NCAA Regionals, and 1 Super Regional. Semler helped develop a multitude of pitchers and infielders that were eventually drafted

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Meesha Wade: Women’s Basketball – Assistant Coach

Phone: (432) 264-5155 Email: mwade@howardcollege.edu Meesha Wade joined Howard College following 2 years as a Graduate assistant coach at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Meesha Wade had duties of Recruiting, Academics, Budgeting, and skill development with the guards and forwards. Originally from Dallas, TX. Meesha graduated from Lakeview Centennial High School where she lettered 3 years. Meesha was 1st team all-district during her junior and senior year. Meesha played for Frank Phillips College from 2013-2015 and was named on the all-conference team both years. Upon graduating from FPC in 2015, Meesha continued

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Kelly Raines: Softball – Head Coach

Phone: (432) 264-5058 Email: kraines@howardcollege.edu Howard College Hawks Head Softball Coach Kelly Raines led the 2018 squad to in impressive 42-9 record while winning the Conference and Regional Championship.  In 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2012, 2011, Coach Raines has won the Regional Tournament advancing to the National Tournament in St. George, Utah.  In 2015, the Hawks finished with a 4th place finish at the National Tournament making that the best finish in program history. Coach Raines has also led the Hawks to 6 Conference Championships.  Coach Raines enters her 14

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Tracey Riddle: Rodeo – Assistant Coach

Phone: (432) 264-5111 Email: triddle@howardcollege.edu Tracey was born and raised in Big Spring, TX. She attended Coahoma School, and after graduation attended Western Texas College on a Rodeo Scholarship. Achievements include: AJRA top 4 Barrel Racing and Pole Bending High Plains Rodeo Winner 1999 5000 ANHA Barrel Racing Champion Arena Record Holder (West Texas Horse Center) Barrel Futurity Money Earner Tex-Mex Reserve Barrel Racing Champion Saginaw Barrel Racing Champion Placing at multiple Amateur Rodeos

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Nathalie De La Torre: Sports Medicine – Assistant Trainer

Phone: (432) 264-5048 Email: ndelatorre@howardcollege.edu Nathalie “Nat” De La Torre is in her first year with the Hawks of Howard College. She was a standout athlete at Brownwood High School, but unfortunately suffered injuries of her own that carried on into college. After high school graduation, she went on to Hardin-Simmons University (HSU) to pursue a college softball career. During her time at HSU, she developed a love for sports medicine and sports performance. As she spent countless hours in the training room with her own knee rehabilitation, she saw what

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Michael Lopez: Baseball – Head Coach

Phone: (432) 264-5041 Email: mlopez@howardcollege.edu Head Coach Michael Lopez takes the helm for the Hawks for the 2019-2020 season after three years as assistant coach under previous head coach, Rob Martinez. During his time at Howard College, Lopez worked primarily with the pitchers and served as the recruiting coordinator. While at Howard, he has had over 40 players sign with Division I schools, three players sign contracts with professional teams and three players selected as NJCAA All-Americans. Lopez originally came to Howard College after a one-year stint with a brand new

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Ashley Lopez: Softball – Assistant Coach

Phone: (432) 264-5058 Email: aclopez@howardcollege.edu Ashley Lopez enters her first year as the assistant coach for Hawk Softball with the 2020 season. Ashley is no stranger to Howard College as she played centerfield two years under head coach Kelly Raines in 2015 and in 2016. Lopez was part of teams claiming two conference championships, two regional championships and two trips to the NJCAA Division I Softball National Tournament, finishing 4th in the nation in 2015. After completing her Associate Degree at Howard College, Lopez transferred to Eastern New Mexico University

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Junsie Cotten: Men’s Basketball – Assistant Coach

Phone: (432) 264-5044 Email: jcotten@howardcollege.edu Junsie Cotten begins his second season as assistant coach for Scott Raines at Howard College.  A native of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Cotten brings over twenty years of coaching experience both as an assistant and head coach.  Prior to Howard, Cotten and Raines worked together at Midland College (1999-2001) guiding the Chaparrals to a two year record of 55-15 while capturing a WJCAC Championship, a Region V title, and finishing 6th at the NJCAA National Tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas. Cotten, a former assistant at the

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John Overton: Sports Medicine – Head Trainer

Phone: (432) 264-5048 Email: joverton@howardcollege.edu John Overton is a veteran of the athletic training profession. He can finally say that he has found the perfect job. “I love the interaction with the students, I love being able to influence a young person’s life and help them get started on their college education.” The best day for me is when they walk the stage and graduate from Howard College.  As an assistant professor, John teaches in the physical education department, supervises 14 student athletic trainers, the student athletic training / sports medicine

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Scott Raines: Men’s Basketball – Head Coach

Phone: (432) 264-5044 Email: sraines@howardcollege.edu Scott Raines enters his seventh year as the head coach of the Howard College Men’s Basketball program. Raines is entering his fifteenth 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

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