Coach Howell is entering her 37th year as head coach of the men’s & women’s track and field teams. Howell’s women’s team has captured 7 Regional titles (1985, 2001, 2002, 2008, 2010, 2016 & 2018), and 12 Mountain Valley Conference Championships (1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1996 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003 and 2008). The men were runner-ups in 2016, and 2018.
At the National level, the women’s team was runner up in 2001 and National Champions in 2008 and 2010. The women consistently place in the top ten out of a 20+ team field. Howell has produced 25 individual Nationals Champions consisting of both men and women.
Howell was named NJCAA track & Field Coach of the Year in 2001 and 2003, National Coach of the meet in 2008 and 2010 and Regional coach of the year in 1985, 2001, 2002, 2008, and 2010.
A graduate of Adirondack Central School, Howell came to Herkimer as a three sport athlete (volleyball, basketball and track). In her senior year she participated in three National Championships and was named Herkimer’s Female Athlete of the year. Howell was one of the first women from Herkimer to receive a Division I scholarship.
Howell transferred to the University of Rhode Island where she set records in the high jump, long jump and 50m dash. Howell is still ranked #3 of the top ten jumpers at URI. After graduating Howell continued to high jump and in 1984 was picked to be on Champion Products National Track & Field team. Howell traveled along the east coast and Canada competing at the Penn Relays, Colgate Women’s Games (Canada), Gatorade classic and Melrose games. Howell’s officially recorded highest jump was 5’ 11 ¼” and at one point was listed as one of the top 15 high jumpers in the United States.
Coach Howell started her teaching career at Herkimer in 1981 as a lecture in Physical Education and the Women’s volleyball coach. Throughout her tenure at Herkimer, Howell has coached volleyball, track & field, cross country and swimming. Howell was selected as an Outstanding Young Woman of America for 1984 in recognition of outstanding ability, accomplishments and service to the community. In 2011 Coach Howell was inducted into the Herkimer’s inaugural Athletic Hall of fame being one of three athletes inducted. In 2013 Howell received the prestigious SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service. In July Howell retired from full time teaching and received Emeritus status. She has continued as the assistant cross country coach and Head coach for track & field.
Howell resides in Ilion with her husband, Bill, of 33 years and has two daughters, Amanda and Sharon E.