Thursday, November 26, 2015

Report: Bonner grad Ashley Howard to become Villanova assistant

Former Monsignor Bonner and Drexel guard Ashley Howard reportedly has been hired as an assistant basketball coach at Villanova.

Report: Bonner grad Ashley Howard to become Villanova assistant

Villanova men´s basketball coach Jay Wright. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
Villanova men's basketball coach Jay Wright. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

Xavier assistant basketball coach Ashley Howard is leaving after one season to take a job as an assistant at Villanova, Musketeers head coach Chris Mack told the Cincinnati Enquirer Thursday.

Wildcats head coach Jay Wright, through a spokesman, declined comment.

Villanova has an opening on its staff following the departure of Raphael Chillious, who returned to the bench at Washington after spending one season with the Wildcats.

Howard, who starred as a guard at Monsignor Bonner High School and Drexel, spent four seasons as an assistant coach at La Salle and four in the same capacity at Drexel before going to Xavier. The Musketeers will begin play in the Big East next season.

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The Enquirer reported that Villanova had tried to hire Howard away from Xavier two months after he joined the staff of the Musketeers.

“It’s disappointing to lose a young and talented coach like Ashley Howard, especially to another Big East program,” Mack said in the Enquirer. “He is a future head coach and his contributions while at Xavier were greatly appreciated.”

--Joe Juliano

Inquirer Staff Writer
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Joe Juliano first visited the Palestra in 1970 after entering Temple University and became hooked for life on Big Five basketball. He'll always go with that name, figuring if the Big Ten can have 12 teams, why can't the Big Five have six?

Juliano joined the Inquirer in 1985 after 10 years at United Press International and has covered college sports for most of that time. His current beats are Villanova basketball, Penn State football, golf and the Penn Relays.

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