UCO Instructor, Former Football Coach Honored for Integrity

UCO instructor and former football coach Gary Howard received the Merv Merv Johnson Integrity in College Coaching Award given by the Oklahoma Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame in June.

June 11, 2014

Media Contact: Stephanie Turner, Coordinator Public Relations and Communications, University of Central Oklahoma, 405-974-5408, sturner27@uco.edu

UCO INSTRUCTOR, FORMER FOOTBALL COACH HONORED FOR INTEGRITY

The University of Central Oklahoma’s Gary Howard is the newest recipient of the Merv Johnson Integrity in College Coaching Award given by the Oklahoma Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. The physical education instructor and former Central head football coach received the award at the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and Jim Thorpe Museum on Thursday, June 5, for 34 years of coaching football, mentoring student-athletes and leading the Bronchos to numerous titles before retiring from coaching in 2002.    

Howard’s career as a football coach at Central began in 1968 as defensive coordinator and took over the head coaching position in 1978. During his 24-year tenure as head football coach, Howard led the Bronchos to a 1982 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Championship win.  After transitioning from the NAIA to the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Division II, his squads won the Lone Star Conference title in 1998 with an undefeated season followed by another conference championship in 1999. Teams under his direction also made multiple playoff appearances.           

Howard continues to teach physical education courses in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies within the College of Education and Professional Studies.                   

“We could not be more proud of Coach Howard. He is a great educator who demonstrates daily our organizational values of character, civility and community,” said Jim Machell, Ph.D., dean of Central’s College of Education and Professional Studies. “Seeing him honored with the Merv Johnson Integrity Award was both a personally and professional gratifying experience.”           

Currently, Howard teaches weight training, walking fitness and theory of coaching football.    

“Coach Howard will always be a football coach. He loves and honors the game,” said Donna Cobb, Ed.D, assistant dean of the College of Education and Professional Studies. “Even though he is no longer coaching a team, he is mentoring young professionals to learn how to honor and love the game.”           

To learn more about physical education and football programs at Central, visit www.uco.edu.

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Editor’s Note: Download art for publication with this release at www.uco.edu/photo/GaryHoward06.14.

Cutline: UCO instructor and former football coach Gary Howard received the Merv Merv Johnson Integrity in College Coaching Award given by the Oklahoma Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame in June.