Howard ready to take the helm for women's soccer

Howard ready to take the helm for women's soccer

 Howard ready to take the helm at STLCC

Jason Howard knew being a head coach was probably in his future. It just came a little quicker than anticipated.

Fresh off of his first season as a coach at any level, then-assistant Howard took over the responsibilities of recruiting the 2016-17 class, even as the team was without a head coach. Erin Hesselbach, who guided the Archers through the past two seasons, had resigned, and no replacement had been determined. Howard nonetheless continued in his role as assistant coach and primary recruiter throughout the offseason, efforts that impressed athletic director Shawn Summe.

“Jason really just jumped into the recruiting process and showed me a lot,” Summe said. “I was really impressed with how he just took over the program and put them in a position to be successful.” 

Howard scoured the area for talent, as the Archers return just five players from last year’s Region XVI finalist team. 

“Before I even had the job, I was still the assistant coach, and I wanted to put the team in the right direction, Howard said. “To me, that was something that was really important, and I really couldn’t afford to wait around for quality players. The group that we have coming back, there are only five of them, but it seems like they have some unfinished business, and that’s a great thing to have. As for the players coming in, I think they’re all quality players and hopefully our sophomores can keep leading them in the right direction.”

STLCC posted an overall record of 5-11-2 in 2015, which included a 2-1 win over MCC-Maple Woods to earn a berth in the Region XVI championship. The Archers fell to St. Charles Community College in the final, 1-0. Though the team was veteran-heavy in 2015, the Archers did receive a combined eight goals from the freshman duo of midfielder Hope Beckerle and forward Kate Wing.
Howard, who recently completed a four-year collegiate playing career at Lewis and Clark Community College and Fontbonne University, has long envisioned his career careening toward the coaching route. 

“I’ve been around coaching my whole life, and it’s something I’ve always wanted to do,” Howard said. "When I saw there was an opportunity, I was glad to take a shot at it.”