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Steve Howes announced he is stepping away from the Catholic University's men's basketball program after 22 years, including the last 15 as the Cardinals' head coach.
"It has been a privilege to lead this special program," Howes said in the University's release. "I am grateful to the countless staff, coaches and especially the players, who have worked so hard and contributed so much to building a program with a rich tradition of excellence, on and off the court. Being part of the Catholic University community has meant a great deal to me and my family and I will always be grateful to our dedicated fans."
Howes played two seasons for the Cardinals from 1993 through 1995 and then spent five years as an assistant under Mike Lonergan. Howes took over the program in 2004 and led the Cardinals to the CAC title in 2006 and 2007 before Catholic left the conference for the newly formed Landmark Conference. The Cardinals won Landmark Conference titles in 2013 and 2016 and Howes was named Conference Coach of the Year both times.
The Cardinals' best season under Howes came in 2013 when they went 25-4 and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Howes was named the Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year. Overall Howes went 276-138 in his fifteen seasons as the Catholic head coach.
"On behalf of Catholic University and its athletics department, I would like to thank Steve for his two decades of service and dedication to the men's basketball program," said Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics Sean Sullivan. "He has made tremendous contributions, helping to further our winning tradition with a continued focus on excellence in athletics, academics and community service. We know he will enjoy success in his next venture."