Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Jay Wright says Villanova’s Ashley Howard is ready to be a head coach
By ADAM ZAGORIASAN ANTONIO — It’s possible that Monday night could be the last time Ashley Howard coaches for Villanova.
The Villanova assistant has been linked to head coaching openings, including the one at La Salle created when the school parted ways with Dr. John Giannini.
ESPN analyst Tim Legler is among the others linked to the La Salle opening.
Howard, who played at Drexel from 1999-2002, is in his fifth season with Villanova. During that time, the team won four straight Big East regular-season titles, three Big East Tournament titles and is seeking its second NCAA championship in three years.
“I think Ashley is definitely ready,” Villanova head coach Jay Wright said here Sunday when I asked about Howard. “He’s bright. He is a basketball lifer. He’s an outstanding recruiter, he’s a very good X-and-O guy. Great teacher on the court. And a really good man, the kind of person you like to have lead your program and be a representative of your university.”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.