Johnathan Lee Howard, who currently teaches and coaches at Jesuit and interns for the city manager of Dallas, was a letterman all four years in track and field and for two years in basketball.
As a junior at the state
track meet, Johnathan won gold medals in the 100, 200, and 4 x 100 meter
races, leading his team to the Rangersí first track and field state
championship in over 21 years. His senior year at the same meet, he won
gold medals in all five events in which he participated: the 100, 200, 4 x
400, the long jump, and the triple jump. Voted captain, MVP, and recipient
of All-State honors that year, he currently holds two school records in
track and field.
As a student at Jesuit, Johnathan was on the honor roll, had a four-year record of perfect attendance, and was elected to serve as co-student council president. He was awarded the Bishop Patrick J. Lynch Award, the schoolís highest honor, given to the student exemplifying the best combination of academic success, community service, and excellence in athletics.
As a freshman at Georgetown University, Johnathan walked onto the basketball team and practiced under Hall of Fame Coach John Thompson. After walking onto the track team, he accepted a scholarship, eventually becoming captain of the team, a Big East champion, and an IC4A East Coast regional champion several times, a Pennsylvania Relay champion, and ultimately an NCAA All-American. Johnathan completed his bachelorís and masterís degrees at Georgetown, and was voted to the All-Academic Big East teams many times. As a senior, he was selected Big East Scholar Athlete of the year.
During his summers Johnathan is part of News Release Basketball, a missionary organization that spreads the good news of Jesus Christ throughout Europe using the sport of basketball. During these tours he has been offered but turned down professional basketball contracts to play in Europe. Instead, he coaches JV basketball and track at Jesuit, his basketball teams compiling a 52-6 record over the last two years; most recently, he shepherded the JV to the first 30-win season in school history.