James Howell is entering his second season as the Bryn Athyn College women's tennis head coach.
In the 2018 season, Howell’s squad was victorious in two conference match-ups, good for a trip to a NEAC Semifinal postseason match against Penn State Berks. The Lions would fall short, but this performance in conjunction with setting a program record for most wins in a single season marks a great beginning to Howell’s career here at Bryn Athyn.
Top player Marie Daum became the first female tennis player in college history to earn All-NEAC honors after her solid performance at No. 2 singles in the NEAC Individual Championship Tournament in April 2018.
Howell is also in his second season as the head coach of the girl's tennis team at Abington Senior High School. In addition to his coaching duties, Howell is a site director, lead teaching pro for Topspin Tennis Academy.
Before taking his first head coaching job, Howell was an assistant coach under new Bryn Athyn College Director of Tennis and Men's Tennis head coach Dave Sheaffer at Penn State Abington for the 2016 and 2017 seasons. In his two seasons at Abington, the men went 16-13 and won the 2016 NEAC West title and the women posted a 21-10 mark and claimed the 2017 NEAC West championship.
As a four-year letter winner at Abington, Howell was a part of Sheaffer's NEAC West championship winning teams in 2014 and 2015. He had a 33-13 singles record and a 29-14 doubles mark. In 2014, Howell won 13 singles and nine doubles matches and earned a place on the All-NEAC first team for No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles. He posted nine singles and 12 doubles victories and was tabbed All-NEAC first team for No. 1 doubles and the third team for No. 2 singles as a senior. Howell was named the NEAC Rookie of the Year in 2012 after going 10-3 in singles play and 8-3 in double action.
Howell graduated from Penn State Abington in 2015 with a degree in information sciences and technology.