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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 with 4-year institutions. The Lady Hawks greatest achievements off the court were having 7 NJCAA All-Academic Selections and boasting the best team grade point average in the entire state of Texas and #4 Nationally according to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.
John comes to Howard College after a very successful 3 year run at Pratt CC, in Pratt Ks. After taking over an 8 win team , the Beavers only won 3 in his initial campaign as head coach but that was quickly followed by a 20 win season and the most conference wins in school history, 12. He led the Beavers to a record of 37-25 over his last two seasons including finishing tied for 3rd in the ultra-competitive Jayhawk west and 2 consecutive Region 6 playoff berths. This past season Pratt team defeated #12 Nationally ranked Seward Co. for the first time in 28 years breaking a 53 game losing streak to the Lady Saints. Coach Ish, as he likes to be called also had the Pratt women finish #9 in the country in team GPA. According to the WBCA.
For his team’s effort and his leadership he was a WBCA finalist for National Coach of the Year. Coach Ish prior to his time at Pratt spent over 25 years coaching a the NCAA Division 1 level. He had successful stops at Southeast Missouri State, Life University, New Mexico State, Saint Louis, Ole Miss, McNeese State, University of the Pacific, and his alma mater Southern Miss to name a few. Coach Ish had 10 former student-athletes advance to the Division 1 and Division 2 levels from Pratt. He has led or been a part of 10 NCAA, WNIT, WBI, NAIA National Tournament teams during his career. He has also coached and been associated with 4 NBA and 4 WNBA players during his career.
2020 WBCA NATIONAL FINALIST 2YEAR/COMMUNITY COLLEGE COACH OF THE YEAR
2019 PRATT CC BEST RECORD IN HISTORY 20-11, 12-10 JAYHAWK CONFERENCE
2012 WBI ELITE 8
2008-09 OVC REGULAR SEASON CHAMPIONS, WNIT
2007-08 OVC REGULAR SEASON CHAMPIONS, AND TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS, NCAA 1ST RND.
2007-08 OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE COACH OF THE YEAR
2008 TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF BASKETBALL COACHES SPEAKER
2001 NAIA SWEET SIXTEEN
1999 WNIT PARTICIPANT
1994 NCAA SWEET SIXTEEN
1993 NCAA 1ST ROUND
1992 NCAA 1ST ROUND
1990 NCAA ST ROUND MEN
1988 NIT 2ND ROUND MEN