Tom Howe is in his second season on the SFA coaching staff, taking responsibility for the Lumberjack defensive ends.
SFA’s defensive ends were a key force for the Lumberjack defensive unit in 2014 as the ‘Jacks held opponents to 186.6 rushing yards and 222 passing yards per game. Anchored by senior Ishmiah Miles and junior Kedrick Harrison, the duo combined for 26 tackles for loss and 10 sacks as SFA ranked among the nation’s top-20 in both categories.
Howe spent the previoius two seasons at Central Oklahoma, serving as the Brochos special teams coordinator and linebacking corps. Prior to his time in Edmond, Howe spent one season at MIAA rival Missouri Southern, overseeing the Lions’ defensive line in 2011.
In 2010, Howe served as the outside linebackers and defensive line coach at Minnesota-Duluth, helping guide the Bulldogs to a 15-0 record and the NCAA Division II national championship. UMD led the nation in fewest points allowed while ranking among the national leaders in three other categories.
Howe spent three seasons at Iowa State (2007-09), assisting with the Cyclones’ offensive line. He began his coaching career in 2004 as an assistant coach at his high school alma mater in Clinton, Iowa, before serving as a graduate assistant at Minot State and Drake, his alma mater.
Howe was a three-year letterwinner at Drake, earning second team All-Conference honors. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Drake and his master’s from Iowa State and is married to the former Kara DeShaw.
The Howe File
Hometown: Clinton, Iowa High School: Clinton Colleges: Drake (2004) Playing Experience: Three year letterwinner at Drake, including second team All-Conference Family: Kara (wife)
Coaching Experience 2014-Present: Stephen F. Austin • Defensive Ends 2012-13: Central Oklahoma • Special Teams Coordinator (Linebackers) 2011: Missouri Southern • Defensive Line 2010: Minnesota-Duluth • Defensive Line/Linebackers 2007-09: Iowa State • Offensive Line 2006: Drake • Graduate Assistant 2005: Minot State • Graduate Assistant 2004: Clinton (Iowa) H.S. • Assistant Coach