Jamie Howell Nurtured 23 NJCAA All Americans, Three NJCAA National Champions at Eastern Florida
By Maria Sonnenberg // April 25, 2018
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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – You could say that Jamie Howell has spoiled Eastern Florida State College. With Howell at the helm as golf coach, the Titans just keep winning and winning.
In the 16 years he has served as its head golf coach, the college has chalked up 43 tournaments wins and 23 All-Americans.
Three of his players – Jacob Davis in 2004, Billy Anderson in 2011 and Kerry Sweeney 2016 – won National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) individual national titles.
Howell is so good at his job that playing winning golf has become a school tradition at Eastern Florida State. For Howell, working with such talented athletes makes doing his job a joy.
“I get to work with 16 Ferraris,” said Howell, referring to the nine men and seven women he coaches.
Howell began his career at the school as an assistant coach for the men’s team in 1994 before becoming head coach in 2002. Last year, he added coaching the women’s team to his job duties.
The love of directing a tiny white ball across wide expanses of green grass is definitely embedded in Howell’s DNA.
“My father was a golf pro and I grew up under him,” he said. “He played the PGA tour from 1959 to 1964.”
Some people will tell you that Howell was already hitting golf balls at age two, but the Rockledge resident says he started getting serious about the game during his junior year in high school.
He enrolled at the University of South Florida, but not for long, for he didn’t like what he found golf-wise.
“I didn’t make it through a year, but I never looked back,” he said.
After his short stint at college, he went pro and even played in the PGA European Tour from 1988 to 1990.
He is an excellent player, but he is even better as a coach and a natural at the job, even though as a young player he never considered the possibility of ever coaching.
Under Howell’s tutelage, the Titans have reached the NJCAA National Tournament in all of Howell’s seasons and they’ve placed second once and third twice.
His 2006/2007 team was the Florida Community College Activities Association Male Academic Team of the Year for Florida.
NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR
As a Titan, Howell has nurtured 23 NJCAA All Americans, as well as three NJCAA National Champions. His teams have enjoyed 43 tournament wins and gone to NJCAA District 4 Championships seven times.
He was named the Dave Williams National Coach of the year in 2015 and was a finalist for the award in 2016. In both 2015 and 2016, Howell was named Coach of the Year by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA). He has additionally been named NJCAA District 4 Coach of the Year seven times in his career.
Howell’s fiercely competitive attitude inspires his players to do their best.
“If I can’t compete, I don’t see the sense of playing in a tournament,” he said.
While he no longer plays competitively, he takes advantage of any opportunity to hit that little white ball along with some of his 16 Ferraris.
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