Posted: 2:00 pm Tuesday, July 1st, 2014
By Anthony Chiang
Sam Howell is returning to a familiar place.
On Tuesday, Howell was named Cardinal Newman’s new head baseball coach. The 60-year-old graduated from Newman in 1971.
Howell will replace Sean Comfort, who left after two seasons to become the head baseball coach at Melbourne-Palm Bay.
“I never thought I would have the chance to return to Cardinal Newman,” Howell said. “I played there and I started my coaching career there as an assistant for Jack Kokinda. In the back of my mind, I always thought it would be pretty neat to end my career there.”
It has been quite the journey for Howell to reach this point, as he arrives at Newman with 21 years of experience as a head baseball coach. Howell’s previous stops include John I. Leonard, Santaluces and Olympic Heights, where he spent the past two seasons.
“We wanted somebody that had experience coaching high school and would bring integrity to the baseball program,” Newman athletic director Jason Carlstrom said.
Howell will try to keep the Crusaders moving in the right direction. Newman has advanced to the regional quarterfinals in each of the past two seasons.
“The program is steady,” Howell said. “It’s just going to be about keeping the tradition going. As long as my health stays good, I’ll coach there as long as they will have me.”
About the Author
Anthony Chiang began his writing career in Gainesville at the University of Florida’s student-run newspaper. At The Independent Florida Alligator, he covered the school’s golf, volleyball, baseball, and football teams. The Miami native has also written for the Sun Sentinel and MLB.com, following the Tampa Bay Rays.