Salisbury, N.C. – Livingstone College Athletics Director Andre Springs has announced the hiring of Anita Howard as the new head women’s basketball coach for the Lady Blue Bears team. Howard replaces Angelyne Brown, who resigned at the end of the 2013-14 season.
“I’m honored to be here at Livingstone and become part of the Blue Bear family,” said Howard.
“We at Livingstone College are excited to bring in Coach Howard. If you read about her and look at her history she is a winner, and that’s the kind of spirit we want on campus,” said Springs.
Howard comes to the Lady Blue Bear women’s basketball program with a successful coaching career.
Coach Howard has spent the last two years as the head women’s basketball coach at Salem College out of the Great South Athletic Conference, where she built a winless program into a conference championship team. She also had a player named the GSAC Player of the Year while her team finished the regular season undefeated in conference play. Howard was named the GSAC Coach of the Year in 2013.
Howard is no stranger to the CIAA. Prior to coaching at Salem she spent a season as the associate head coach for the Lady Falcons of Saint Augustine’s University. She served as the head of basketball operations as well as being the recruiting coordinator and defense coordinator. Howard gained career experience at Shaw University. While serving as an assistant coach, she help guide the Shaw Lady Bears to their 2011 CIAA Conference Championship. She also served as an assistant coach at Winston-Salem State University during their transition back to the CIAA.
Joining Howard on the coaching staff will be Shayla Fields, who is returning as an assistant coach, and Latasha Shipman-Ganus, who will serve as the associate head women’s basketball coach.
“I’m excited about my coaching staff,” said Howard. “They both come from phenomenal backgrounds so we are looking to build a championship mentality around our student-athletes.”