Ben Howland

Ben Howland (born May 28, 1957)

Teams coached: Northern Arizona Lumberjacks, Pittsburgh Panthers, UCLA Bruins, Mississippi State Bulldogs
Northern Arizona record: 79-59 (.572)
Pittsburgh record: 89-40 (.690)
UCLA record: 233-107 (.685)
Mississippi State record: 134-98 (.578)
Overall record: 533-306 (.635)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2015-2022 Mississippi State
2003-2013 UCLA
1999-2003 Pittsburgh
1994-1999 Northern Arizona
1982-1994 UC Santa Barbara (asst)
1981-1982 Gonzaga (grad. asst)

Ben Howland Facts

  • Benjamin Clark Howland
  • Born May 28, 1957
  • Hometown: Lebanon, Oregon
  • Alma Mater: Weber State College (BS, 1979) / Gonzaga University (M.Ed., 1981)
  • Played at Weber State for two seasons under head coach Neil McCarthy
  • Started his coaching career as a grad assistant at Gonzaga under head coach Jay Hillock
  • Was an assistant for 12 seasons at UC Santa Barbara, first under Ed DeLacy and then for 11 years under Jerry Pimm
  • First head coaching opportunity came in 1994, when he was hired to take over at Northern Arizona
    • Reached the program’s second-ever NIT in 1997 and first-ever NCAA Tournament in 1998, winning 21 games in each of his final three seasons
  • Left for Pittsburgh in 1999, leading the Panthers to two Sweet Sixteens and one NIT appearance in four years
  • Spent ten years as the head coach at UCLA, winning four Pac-12 titles and reaching the NCAA Tournament seven times
    • Had a stretch of three straight Final Four appearances, including a Runner-up finish in 2006
    • Fired after the 2012-13 season despite winning 25 games and having a .685 record overall
  • After staying out of coaching for two years, Howland was hired as the head coach at Mississippi State in March 2015
    • Won 25 games and reached the 2018 NIT Semifinal in his third year in Starkville
    • Led the 2018-19 team to the NCAA Tournament, the first appearance for State since 2009
    • Invited to the NIT in 2021, the Bulldogs won their first three games before finishing as Runner-up
    • Fired in March 2022 after seven seasons; went 134-98 overall during his tenure at MSU
  • Along with his wife, Kim, has one daughter, one son and one grandson

Ben Howland Coaching Tree