Philadelphia native Ashley Howard joined the Villanova Basketball staff in June 2013 when he was named an assistant coach.
"We're proud to have Ashley join our Villanova Basketball family," stated Villanova head coach Jay Wright. "I have known Ashley since he was a high school player. He has deep roots in Philadelphia's basketball tradition and gained an appreciation for the Augustinian values during his days as a student at Monsignor Bonner High School. He will take great pride in representing Villanova."
Howard enters his second season as a Wildcats aide in 2014-15. In his first year on staff the Wildcats posted a 29-5 record, claiming the school's first outright regular season BIG EAST championship since 1982.
Prior to his arrival at Villanova, Howard earned a decade's worth of college coaching experience. He began his career as a student assistant coach at his alma mater, Drexel University, in 2002 after injury cut short his playing career for the Dragons. He went on to graduate from Drexel in 2004 with a degree in Communications.
In 2004, Howard was hired as an assistant to head coach John Giannini at La Salle University. He spent four years with the Explorers before returning to Drexel in 2008 as an assistant coach to James "Bruiser" Flint. He was part of a staff that led the Dragons to consecutive 20-win seasons, including a school record 29 victories in 2011-12.
As a player, Howard was a member of the Dragons from 1999-2002. Howard was a guard for the Dragons from 1999-2002. In what would turn out to be his last season, Howard averaged 8.9 points and a team-high 4.9 assists per game.
Howard is the son of Maurice Howard and Diane Coleman. Maurice Howard played college basketball at the University of Maryland and was a second round draft choice of the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers.