Kevin Howard

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Kevin Howard is a former professional baseball player and currently a hitting coach for the Lynchburg Hillcats.

High school[edit]

Howard attended Westlake High School (California). In 1999, his senior campaign, Howard was named the Los Angeles Times Ventura County Player of the Year.[1] Howard also played football at Westlake.[2] Howard committed to attend the University of Miami.[3]

College career[edit]

In 2001, Howard played in the 2001 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament, where Miami was the tournament's champions. Howard faced off with former high school team Scott Dragicevich, who played for Stanford, in the World Series.[4] In 2001, Howard was named to the United States national baseball team.[5]

Professional career[edit]

Player[edit]

Howard was a fifth-round draft pick by the Cincinnati Reds in the 2002 Major League Baseball draft.[6] Howard's professional baseball career lasted 10 seasons in the minors with 14 different teams and two seasons playing in an independent league.[6] When he retired after the 2014 season, Howard had a career minor-league average of .284 with 93 home runs and 540 RBI.[7]

Coach[edit]

After his professional baseball career, Howard returned to the University of Miami to finish his degree in business management.[6] While there, he was coaching at Division II Barry University when the Cleveland Indians contacted him about becoming a coach in their organization.[6] He joined the Indians’ player development staff in 2015 as hitting coach for the short-season Single-A Mahoning Valley Scrappers.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sondheimer, Eric. "Player of the Year". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 27 August 2016. 
  2. ^ Henson, Steve. "Hit and Run". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 27 August 2016. 
  3. ^ Henson, Steve. "Westlake Infielder Howard Commits to Attend Miami". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 27 August 2016. 
  4. ^ Klein, Gary. "From Side by Side to Opposite Sides". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 27 August 2016. 
  5. ^ "2001 U.S. National Team Roster". usabaseball.com. Retrieved 27 August 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c d Potkey, Rhiannon. "Howard's career remains rooted in baseball". Ventura County Star. Retrieved 27 August 2016. 
  7. ^ a b Glasier, David. "Hitting coach Kevin Howard says hitters 'fit my personality'". News Herald. Retrieved 27 August 2016.