At the time he left Columbus, he said, “They deserve a coach in the best frame of mind, and I couldn’t give it to them.” He declined to go into more specifics as to why he was retiring other than to say it was not health related.
“It wasn’t planned, I promise you,” he said, according to the Ledger-Enquirer. “It happened. I just happened to be on campus, and then they had a need here and they were going to make a change regardless. … This is what I do. I was just flattered that they asked me to coach again.”
While Howard had retired from teaching and was solely the baseball coach for his last three seasons at Columbus, he will teach part time — two weight lifting classes — at Central.
“The main thing is, I’m a young 64,” Howard said, according to the Ledger-Enquirer. “I still enjoy doing it. … There is a commitment here to win. And they’re hungry to win. That more than anything else — I’ll stay around as long as I’m helping them put a good product on the field.”Howard has been at Columbus since 1984, other than a one-year break when he coached at junior college. He previously coached at Jordan and Kendrick and has won more than 900 games overall.