Ralph Howe, who led the Aptos High junior varsity basketball team the past two years, was named the school’s varsity girls basketball coach earlier this week.
Howe’s résumé on and off the field is stacked.
He has coached on several campuses in Texas and California. He recently coached at his alma mater, Foothill College in Los Altos Hills. He also led Watsonville High’s girls team in 2007, where the squad finished with a .500 record in the Monterey Bay League.
Howe will take over for Cade Bell. The Mariners were 7-16 last season.
Howe was a three-sport student-athlete at Gunn High in Palo Alto. He then went to Foothill College before transferring to UC Riverside.
He played at Riverside from 1978-80, leading the Highlanders to an NCAA Western Regional Championship and an appearance in the NCAA Elite Eight. He was one of the school’s letter winners, as the team had back-to-back seasons of at least 21 wins.
Howe also tried out for the Golden State Warriors in 1981 but was one of the last cuts. He eventually played in the NBA’s Pro-Am League.
He also was a standout on the track; he was a two-time all-American in the javelin and qualified for the 1992 Olympic Trials. He helped coach the track team at Aptos High.
Howe will be an on-campus coach, as he is the school’s psychologist.
Howe is married and has five children.
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