Philadelphia native Ashley Howard joined the Villanova Basketball staff in June 2013 and has played a key role as the program has posted 129 victories, four BIG EAST regular season and an NCAA national championship in that stretch.
He enters his fifth season with the Wildcats in 2017-18.
"I have known Ashley since he was a high school player," stated Villanova head coach Jay Wright. "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 takes great pride in representing Villanova and is an outstanding coach who has played a key role on our staff."
Howard is involved in all aspects of the Villanova program including on-court teaching, player development and recruiting.
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.
Howard married Arianna Casanovas in August 2017. Howard's daughter Journey was born in 2014.