Coach Josh Howard
The basketball pedigree of Trailblazers men’s coach, Josh Howard, is, from his schoolboy days to college and professional stardom, filled with superlatives. A former first round selection of the NBA Dallas Mavericks in 2003, he was a vital member of the Mavs team that reached the 2006 NBA finals. After seven seasons with Dallas, he finished his pro career with the Washington Wizards, Utah Jazz and Minnesota Timberwolves.
A native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, he was an All-State selection while attending Glenn High School in Kernersville, N.C., and twice received the Frank Spencer Award given annually to the top prep player in Northwest North Carolina. He spent a year at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va.,before receiving a scholarship to Wake Forest. There, he was a consensus All-America selection and the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year in 2003 as he led the Demons to their first outright conference championship in 41 years. Not only did he average 19.5 points per game as a collegian but also became the first member of his family to earn a degree.
He was invited to training camp with the U.S. Olympic team prior to the 2008 Games but turned down the offer, choosing instead to return to Winston-Salem and oversee his annual youth camp. Howard is also involved in Elevate, a leradership program for young men. In 2016, Howard launched his coaching career at Piedmont International University in his hometown Winston-Salem and had a 49-49 record in four seasons.