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Howard Myers

Hall of Fame


Inducted 1971


University of Virginia

Myers, an outstanding football and basketball player at Boys Latin in Baltimore from 1925-28 and the University of Virginia from 1928-32, is revered for his legendary coaching ability. In his coaching career of 46 years (1933-1979), Howdy compiled a lacrosse record of 379-141-6.

Howdy's coaching career began in 1932 at Donaldson School as the athletics director and football, basketball, and lacrosse coach. From a student body of 33, he chose a lacrosse team that went 13-1-1. In 1933, he moved to Friends School to coach lacrosse, football, and basketball, compiling a lacrosse record of 23-5-1. From 1936-1946, Howdy was the athletics director, math teacher and head football, basketball and lacrosse coach at St. Paul's. Responsible for establishing St. Paul's as a national lacrosse power, his teams compiled a record of 135-18-2. His last four teams went undefeated, winning 61 straight games and seven consecutive MSA Championships.

In 1946, he became the head lacrosse, football, and basketball coach at Johns Hopkins. Undefeated against collegiate teams in lacrosse for three seasons, his teams won national championships in 1947, 1948 and 1949. In 1950, he became the athletics director, head football, and lacrosse coach at Hofstra. Establishing Hofstra's lacrosse program, he coached for 25 years, winning seven divisional championships and compiling a 180-115-3 record.

In 1976, he became Hampden-Sydney's first full-time head lacrosse coach. He coached three years, compiling a 22-18 record. Hampden-Sydney gives the Howdy Myers Award annually to the lacrosse team's MVP. Howdy was honored with the Coach of the Year Award in 1970 and the Governor's Trophy for continuous and meaningful contribution to lacrosse in 1971. He returned to Hopkins in 1978 as the JV lacrosse and head football coach, coaching until his death.