Georgetown names James Howard women’s hoops coach

Georgetown head coach Natasha Adair  against Xavier during an NCAA college basketball game in the first round of the Big East Conference tournament in Rosemont, Ill., on Saturday, March 7, 2015.  (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

Georgetown has promoted James Howard to women’s basketball coach.

Howard had been the team’s associate head coach for the past two seasons. Georgetown’s previous coach, Natasha Adair, left for a similar position at Delaware last month.

”He is an excellent coach with many years of experience and a familiarity with our student-athletes,” Georgetown athletic director Lee Reed said in a university release announcing the hire. ”I am confident he will continue to build upon our foundation as we strive to be one of the best teams in the Big East Conference.”

The Hoyas were 17-13 last season and played in the postseason WNIT. Georgetown had an overall record of 33-27 with WNIT appearances in each of Howard’s two seasons as an associate head coach.

Howard came to Georgetown from Bethune-Cookman, where he spent four seasons as the associate head coach. The Wildcats had 10 or more wins every season and appeared in three MEAC Tournaments, winning at least one game in the final two years.

Howard, a native of Washington, D.C., also had a one-year stint as a Hoyas assistant coach in 1997-98.