Tom Howe is in his fourth season on the SFA coaching staff, taking responsibility for the Lumberjack defensive ends.
Once again, the Lumberjacks' defensive ends proved to be one of the nation's best as SFA ranked in to top-30 nationally in both tackles for loss (81) and sacks (35). The unit produced a pair of All-SLC performers in John Franklin and Kedrick Harrison as the duo ranked among the SLC leaders in a handful of categories. Harrison led the conference in both tackles for loss (17.0) and sacks (10.5) with Franklin ranking fourth in each category (14.5 and 8.0), ranking among the national leaders in both forced fumbles (four) and quarterback hurries (nine).
Arguably few positions on the field were as effective for the Lumberjacks as were the defensive ends. 2015 was a breakout season for sophomore John Franklin, leading the team in tackles for loss (8.5), sacks (6.0) and quarterback hurries (five), en route to being named a second team All-Southland Conference selection.
Franklin was aided by veterans Kedrick Harrison and Mitchel Zimmerle, combining for 54 tackles, eight tackles for loss and five sacks, as along with senior Jamal Allen the position looks to be one of the deepest heading into 2016.
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)
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