Assistant coach Adam Howard accompanied Donnie Tyndall to Tennessee after spending the previous four seasons as a full-time assistant on Tyndall's staffs at Southern Miss and Morehead State.
Howard's time working side-by-side with Tyndall dates to 2009, when he joined the Morehead State staff as a graduate assistant.
A native of Ashland, Ky., Howard works closely with Tennessee's perimeter players.
"Adam has been with me for each of the last five years," Tyndall said. "He's a young, ambitious, tireless worker. He reminds me of myself at that same stage in my career. He eats, sleeps and drinks basketball.
"He is an outstanding coach on the floor, and he's a tireless recruiter as well."
Howard played an instrumental role in an unprecedented two-year run at Southern Miss during which the Golden Eagles posted a 56-17 (.767) record and earned a pair of postseason berths. Three players during that span garnered All-Conference acclaim.
In 2013-14, Southern Miss posted a school-record 29 wins (29-7, 13-3 C-USA), claimed a share of the Conference USA championship, built a perfect 15-0 home record and earned a year-end RPI of 29.
The 2012-13 campaign saw the Eagles post a 27-10 (12-4 C-USA) record and capture the program's first postseason victories since 1988 as Southern Miss marched all the way to the NIT quarterfinals.
Howard began his collegiate coaching journey with three seasons on Tyndall's staff at Morehead State, including one as a graduate assistant and two as a full-time assistant coach.
He was on board for the Eagles' 2010-11 campaign, which saw Morehead State finish 25-10 overall, 14-1 at home and 13-5 in the OVC. Morehead won the OVC Tournament that year and went on to upset fourth-seeded Louisville in the NCAA Tournament.
Howard worked with two Eagles that season that went on to sign professional basketball contracts. All-American Kenneth Faried, a two-time OVC Player of the Year and the NCAA's all-time leading rebounder, was drafted 22nd overall by the NBA's Denver Nuggets. Demonte Harper went on to play for KK Cibona VIP Zagreb in Croatia's top pro league.
Howard was a four-year letterman at Western Kentucky from 2004-08. He played for head coach Darrin Horn, and WKU advanced to postseason play in three of Howard's four seasons as a Hilltopper.
During Howard's senior season, Western Kentucky advanced to the Sweet Sixteen round of the NCAA Tournament by defeating Drake and San Diego before falling to eventual Final Four participant UCLA.
Howard also tasted postseason play as a player in 2005 and 2006, as WKU earned NIT bids in both years.
In Howard's four years as a Hilltopper, Western Kentucky won 96 games, and he was awarded the Danny Rumph Most Outstanding Teammate award for three straight years (2006-08). The award honors Howard's former teammate and friend, who passed away from cardiomyopathy after suffering heart failure during a pickup game in 2005.
Howard first met Tyndall in 2008, when Howard worked as a host at the Cancun Challenge, in which Tyndall's Morehead State squad participated.
Prior to joining Tyndall's MSU staff, Howard worked as a counselor at the Freshman All-American Camp for the top 150 freshmen-to-be in the country. He also assisted with the Derek Smith 16U AAU team.
Howard graduated from Paul G. Blazer High School in Ashland, Ky., and earned his bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from Western Kentucky in 2008.