A&T Mourns The Loss of a Coaching Legend Hornsby Howell | NCATaggies.com

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GREENSBORO (October 5, 2017) – The North Carolina A&T State University family mourns the passing of football coaching legend Hornsby Howell, Sr. Howell died at the age of 90 on Oct. 3, 2017. He was a nationally-known athletic administrator who began his career as a football trainer before working his way up to eventually becoming the head football and athletics director at N.C. A&T. Howell made a name for himself as the head coach of Aggies football from 1968-1976. In 1968, he was also named the school’s athletics director.

In his first season as the head coach, the Pittsburgh Courier named the Aggies the black college football national champions following an 8-1 season where their only loss was a 9-6 setback to Maryland State (now known as Maryland Eastern Shore). Two years later, Howell played a pivotal role in the Aggies transitioning from the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, a league they were a member of since 1924, to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. The move would eventually lead to the Aggies becoming a Division I program.

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