Hawks Coaching Staff

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

Ashley Lopez: Softball – Head Coach

Phone: (432) 264-5058 Email: aclopez@howardcollege.edu Ashley Lopez enters her first year as the head coach for Hawk Softball with the 2022-2023 season. Prior to becoming the head coach, Lopez served as the assistant coach for the Hawks for two full seasons and the interim head coach for the spring of 2022. Ashley is no stranger to Howard College as she played centerfield two years under previous head coach Kelly Raines in 2015 and in 2016. Lopez was part of teams claiming two conference championships, two regional championships, and two trips

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Meagan Schrader: Assistant Athletic Trainer

Phone: (432) 264-5048 Email: mshrader@howardcollege.edu Meagan Schrader graduated from Granbury High School in 2010 and this is where she found her passion for Sports Medicine her senior year when she was a student athletic trainer. She was then accepted into the 2 year Athletic Training program at Howard College in Big Springs TX. She worked very closely and learned all she could from her mentor, John Overton, aka Doc. He helped her get into the Athletic Training program at West Texas A&M University (WTAMU) in Canyon Texas. This is where she

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John Ishee: Women’s Basketball – Head Coach

Phone: (432) 264-5043 Email: jishee@howardcollege.edu Coach Ish, as he is referred to enters his 2ND season as the Head Coach. In his initial season (Covid Shortened) he led the Lady Hawks to a 5-12 season that was highlighted by an overtime win vs. #5 nationally ranked and Region 5 Champions South Plains College.  The Lady Hawks also took #17 Midland To OT before dropping a 70-67 decision. The team advanced to the WAJCAC Tournament Semifinals before ending their season. The Lady Hawks had 2 All-Conference selections, 3 that signed basketball scholarships

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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 Many student athletic trainers, the student athletic training / sports medicine

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Kyle Cooper: Men’s Basketball – Head Coach

Kyle Cooper enters his first season as Head Coach at Howard College. Cooper comes to Howard after one year as an assistant coach at Tarleton State University. During his time at Tarleton, Cooper helped the program to a school record in WAC conference wins and overall wins in the division 1 era. The team also boasted the school’s first win over a team ranked in the Top 100 of the NCAA Net Rankings all while maintaining a 3.19 GPA. Prior to Tarleton, Cooper served as the Head Men’s basketball coach

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Taylor Lavery: Men’s Basketball – Assistant Coach

 Taylor Lavery enters his first year as Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Howard College. Lavery is involved in all areas of the program, including recruiting, opponent scouting, player development, academic support, and day-to-day operations.  Prior to Howard, Lavery served as Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at North Central Missouri College in Trenton, MO. In his two seasons with the program, the Pirates compiled a record of 34-19 and earned back-to-back Region XVI championships (2021, 2022). In 2021, North Central Missouri College captured the Central B District Championship to punch their ticket

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