First-year director of basketball operations, Mike Howland, comes to MSU after three years as the varsity basketball coach at Saint Viator High School in Arlington Heights, Ill.
During his tenure there, he led his teams to a combined 69-19 record with three regional titles and three 20-win campaigns, including a 25-4 ledger in 2012. He also earned IBCA District 4 Coach of the Year honors in each of his three seasons while garnering East Suburban Catholic Conference Coach of the Year laurels in 2012. His Lions went 25-4 in his final season at his alma mater in 2013-14.
The 2002 graduate of DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., also built the AAU Chicago Lockdown 14U-16U program from the ground up, helping accumulate a 115-13 record and top 25 national ranking in 2013. Lockdown was 27-1 with four tournament titles during the 2013 live periods.
As a player at DePauw, Howland was a four-year starter and helped lead his squad to the NCAA Division III Elite Eight in 2002. He earned NABC All-America honors in 2002 as well as SCAC Player of the Year.
The Arlington Heights native made an immediate impact at DePauw, leading the Tigers in scoring (13.1 ppg) as a freshman while dishing out 91 assists in 25 ball games for legendary coach Bill Fenlon. He averaged nearly 5 assists per game as a sophomore while scoring at a 13.0 pace, before contributing 4.1 assists and 11.2 points his junior season. He finished his career in 2002 with a 6.8 assists average while adding 12.3 points per game for a 24-4 club.
He ended his playing career third on DePauw's career assists list (490) and 13th on the Tigers' scoring chart (1,276). He went on to spend eight years as an assistant to his former high school head coach, Joe Majkowski, before raising the level of play at St. Viator.
Howland, 33, officially began his duties at Missouri State on Aug. 1, 2014 and replaces Sam McMahon who took an assistant coaching position at Missouri Southern State University.