Chris Howell was named the sixth head coach of the Augusta University baseball program on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 and enters his fourth season at the helm of the Jaguars for the 2020 season.
“Chris has all that it takes to be our next head baseball coach at Augusta University. This is a position that he has been preparing for throughout his baseball career,” Director of Athletics Clint Bryant said. “He is an exceptional young man and coach who impresses everyone that he encounters. His tremendous leadership abilities will translate not only to success on the field, but to the growth and development of our student-athletes academically and personally. We are excited about him taking over our baseball program and we look forward to the continued improvement of Augusta University baseball under his direction.”
After playing the majority of its home games at Lake Olmstead Stadium, Augusta returned to Jaguar Field in 2019 to play its full schedule on campus. Augusta had the second most triples and third most home runs in the Peach Belt Conference.
Howell’s 2018 squad tied the single game Peach Belt Conference record for most home runs with eight at Flagler College on March 17, 2018. That same year, the Jags also posted the second most triples in the in the league.
In his first season as a collegiate head coach in 2017, Howell compiled a 21-25 record and went 14-7 at home. The team ranked first in the Peach Belt Conference with 17 triples and was second with 46 stolen bases. The 2017 squad won the second most games than the previous five teams.
Howell spent the 2016 season as the top assistant for the Jaguars and oversaw the pitching staff before being promoted to the head position.
During his first season in Augusta as the pitching coach and assistant to former head coach Jason Eller, the Jags earned a No. 18 national ranking and a 29-22 overall record – the first winning season for the team since 2008. Augusta made their first Peach Belt Conference Tournament appearance since the 2011 season, while two Jaguars were named All-Region Players of the Week and three named PBC Players of the Week.
Howell came to Augusta and the CSRA after spending the 2015 in the Peach Belt as a top assistant at Young Harris College.
In the 2013 and 2014 seasons, Howell enjoyed a stint at Middle Georgia State College as an assistant coach. Howell was the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator for the Knights during those two seasons.
Howell began his coaching career at his alma mater Tiftarea Academy – a private school in Chula, Ga. During his four-year stint with the Panthers baseball program, Tiftarea won the 2009 GISA Class AA State Championship and was runner-up the following year. Howell garnered state Coach of the Year accolades in 2009 and Region 3-AA Coach of the Year honors in 2009 and 2010 while at Tiftarea
A native of Fitzgerald, Ga., Howell was a three-time, all-state and four-time, all-region player at Tiftarea before starting his college career at Pensacola Junior College.
He pitched two years in the Panhandle Conference and furthered his career to the University of Tennessee where he pitched two years for the Vols. His career with the Vols ended strong by helping his team advance to the 2005 College World Series in Omaha, Neb., as a senior.
After college, Howell pitched two years professionally for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim organization. He earned his bachelor's degree in education from Tennessee and an associate degree from Pensacola.
On Sept. 6, 2015, Howell married the former Kori Pickowitz in Hiawassee, Ga.
Micah Blount was named the assistant coach for Augusta University Baseball on June 24, 2019 and will begin his first season with the Jaguars in 2020. Blount will assist head baseball coach Chris Howell with all aspects of the program.
"I want to thank Coach Howell and his family for giving my wife and I this opportunity to be a part of this great university," Blount said. "It's exciting to be able to join the staff and compete in one of the best conferences in Division II. I'm ready to get the guys on campus and get to work."
Blount joins the Jaguars from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tenn., where he has been the top assistant coach since 2016. Blount also played two seasons for Trevecca Nazarene in 2015 and 2016, before receiving a bachelor's degree in exercise science in 2016 and a Master of Business Administration in 2018. Along with his coaching duties with the Trojans, Blount also served as the Strength and Conditioning Coach and Assistant Hitting Instructor for the baseball program.
From Birmingham, Ala., Blount started his collegiate career at Faulkner State Community College in Bay Minette, Ala., and played for Alabama Baseball Coaches Association hall of famer Wayne Larker. Blount had over a .300 batting average and helped the Sun Chiefs earn a No. 4 national ranking.
Blount transferred to Trevecca for his final two seasons of eligibility and despite battling back injuries throughout his two seasons, helped lead Trevecca to two regular season championships as well the Great Midwest Championship in 2015. His career batting average eclipsed .320. During his senior season in 2016, Blount led the team and Great Midwest Athletic Conference with 17 home runs, while pacing TNU in slugging, RBI, and walks. He was second on the team in runs and third in hits and at bats. He finished second all-time in Great Midwest history in home runs (season & career). During his four-year career Blount helped lead his teams to more than 150 wins. He received All-Region honors and received an associate's degree in science from Faulkner State CC.
Blount married the former Anna Main on Nov. 17, 2018.
Touré Harris Sr. enters his first season with the Augusta University baseball team in 2019-20. With over 15 years of experience in collegiate baseball as a player and coach, Harris joins the Jaguars to help assist with all aspects of the program.
Born in Santa Barbara, Calif., Coach Harris comes to Augusta, Ga., after spending eight years as an assistant coach at Benedict College in Columbia, S.C. Harris oversaw the pitching staff and coached first base for the Benedict Tigers, while helping in recruiting and scheduling. Past organizations that Harris has been affiliated with include the US Baseball Academy Camp, Richland Monarchs Travel Baseball Club, Prominent Stars Travel Club, University of California Santa Barbara Summer Baseball Camp, and the Santa Barbara Foresters.
Under Harris' guidance, the Benedict Tiger pitchers earned two SIAC Relief Pitcher of The Year Awards, four SIAC All-Conference selections, four Palmetto Baseball All-State selections, one Preseason All-American, one professional contract. BC also had an All-South Region outfielder selection in 2019. The Tiger pitching staff saw its best season under Harris in 2017 when Tiger pitchers led the SIAC in Team ERA and strikeouts per nine innings and were ranked 23rd nationally. During his first year with BC in 2011, the Tigers earned NCAA rings when they were selected as the Black College Baseball regular season national champions. The Tigers set numerous team and individual stole-base records, while twice having the national stolen-base leader. Harris coached four All-Americans for the Tigers as well.
Harris began his collegiate playing career in the competitive California Community College Baseball Association. As a freshman at Santa Barbara City College, Harris played outfield before converting to a pitcher during the fall of his sophomore year. Harris saw instant success on the mound that fall, but an injury prompted a redshirt year before he eventually transferred to Oxnard College in Oxnard, Calif. Prior to his sophomore season at Oxnard, Harris was selected to participate in the California Community College Fall All-Star Classic.
He played for the Benedict Tigers to end his collegiate career in 2010 and was a first team All-SIAC Pitcher and an SIAC All-Tournament Team selection. Harris was named the SIAC Tournament Most Outstanding Pitcher and was a Palmetto Baseball All-State selection. Harris helped guide the Tigers to a school-record 32 victories during his senior campaign in 2010.
After Harris' sophomore season at Oxnard College he was offered and accepted a Division-I scholarship to play at Prairie View A&M University in Houston, Texas and eventually landed at NAIA powerhouse, Ohio Dominican University, in Columbus, Ohio for his junior season. While on campus at ODU, the Panthers set a school record with 47 wins in route to a berth in the NAIA World Series. ODU finished the season ranked seventh nationally in the final NAIA baseball poll.
Harris reunited with Coach Young at Benedict College to complete his playing career, earning a number of postseason awards, including; first team All-SIAC, SIAC All-Tournament Team, SIAC Tournament Most outstanding Pitcher, and a selection to the Palmetto Baseball All-State team. In 2013, Harris completed his BA in Sociology from Thomas Edison State University, while coaching with the Tiger baseball program.
Harris grew up in Goleta, Calif., with his older brother Kashi and his mother Alyce who worked in the library at the University of California Santa Barbara for 35 years. Harris and his wife Tiffany recently relocated to Augusta, Ga., and have a son, Toure' Jr, as well as a dog named Trezy.