When Steve Howes first arrived at Catholic University, he was a 6-foot-5 forward on a rebuilding basketball team. His career highlight was a 12-point, 12-rebound performance at Gettysburg. Now 30, Howes has been entrusted with keeping intact the school's streaks of seven consecutive NCAA Division III tournament appearances and seven consecutive Capital Athletic Conference regular season titles.

"The bar has been raised," said Howes, who yesterday was named Catholic's men's basketball coach, succeeding Mike Lonergan. "And I just need to continue the success that I helped Mike build here."

In addition to playing two seasons for Lonergan in the mid-90s, Howes had two stints as an assistant for Lonergan, including the past three seasons. A Wheaton native, Howes continued to teach history and religion at Good Counsel High School and helped train local players, including Roger Mason Jr.

But with Lonergan moving to become an assistant for Gary Williams at the University of Maryland, Howes pursued a full-time coaching position. He assumes the helm of a team that is three years removed from winning a national championship.

"I feel an obligation to continue the tradition of success that I've helped build here as a player and as an assistant," said Howes, whose first son, Michael Patrick, was born last month. "I feel a tremendous sense of duty to make the university continue to be proud of our program."

-- Josh Barr

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