Former Maverick Howard to Lead UNT Dallas Men's Basketball

John Liddle
April 17, 2020 - 3:13 pm
Josh Howard

UNT Dallas

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DALLAS (KRLD) - UNT Dallas went big with its first men's basketball head coaching hire.

Former Dallas Mavericks All-Star forward Josh Howard, who played 10 seasons in the NBA, will lead the Trailblazers into their first season of existence in 2020-21.

“Josh’s basketball career speaks for itself as a former star player for the Mavericks and a member of the Wake Forest and Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Halls of Fame,” UNT Dallas athletic director Jack Allday said in a school release. “Off the court, the effort he puts into the Josh Howard Foundation shows how much he cares about our young people. Our student-athletes, student body, fans and the entire Trailblazers family are going to love Josh Howard.” ​

For his part, Howard is pumped.

"It's a great honor to start a program from the ground up, to be able to create a legacy for these young men in the city that I hope to recruit," says Howard.

And the challenge of starting a new program during the COVID-19 crisis isn't lost on him.

"It's kind of hard to recruit (with the COVID-19 situation)," says Howard.  "So I just have to be close in touch with the kids that I want to get on the team, and hopefully once we can get around a group of people, the basketball will show, and I'll be able to make the right pick with the kids I select."