Longtime Orange County basketball fixture Jerry Howard stepped down after 16 years at Jones this offseason. He’s been replaced by another local hoops icon, former Boone player and coach Willie Anderson.
Howard, one of the winningest coaches in Central Florida history with a career record of 550 wins and 296 losses over 28 seasons, hasn’t closed the door on returning to coaching, but said he is “done for awhile”.
Howard’s son, former Jones multi-sport standout Jaye Howard, is a fourth-year NFL defensive lineman with the Kansas City Chiefs.
“I’ve got some grandsons now, a grandaughter just born,” Jerry Howard said. “I’m going to spend some family time and see some football games.”
Howard was 301-162 at Jones. He led the Tigers to a state championship in 2006 and state runner-up finishes in 2003, 2005 and 2009.
Prior to taking the Jones job, Howard crafted a 255-128 record at Wymore Tech before that school was closed.
Anderson starred on Boone’s 1994 state runner-up squad and then played for LSU. He was head coach for Boone from 2006-10 and then briefly for Cornerstone Charter School.