Valley City Public Schools announced Monday that Mr. James “Jimmy” Howard is the new Hi-Liner head girls basketball coach.
Howard is in his second year as an educator in Valley City working with the Sheyenne Valley Special Education Unit, and will begin his first year as head coach of the girls basketball program. Howard is also a Valley City junior high football coach and head junior high track coach.
Howard, a graduate of Pine City High School in Minnesota, attended Minnesota State University in Moorhead, graduating with a degree in elementary education. Howard played collegiate basketball at Hibbing Community College.
Howard served as the junior varsity head coach and varsity assistant
coach for the Hi-Liners State-qualifying team last year under head coach Waylan Starr. Prior to arriving in Valley City, Howard was an assistant men’s basketball coach under Chad Walthall at Minnesota State University-Moorhead, and an assistant coach for the boys basketball team in Pine City, Minn.
Howard is excited to be given the opportunity to lead the girls basketball program, and looks forward to working with the student-athletes of Valley City Public School.
Howard is married to his wife, Natasha, a volleyball and track coach for Valley City Public Schools.