Scott Raines enters his seventh year as the head coach of the Howard College Men's Basketball program. Raines is entering his fifteenth year with Howard College, having served in several different roles, from assistant coach with the men's basketball program, to Fitness Center director, to Dean of Students, and most recently District Registrar. He has previous collegiate coaching stops at Moberly Area Community College, Midland College, University of Oklahoma (Men and Women), Alderson Broaddus College, and Oklahoma Christian University of Science and Arts.
In six years under Raines, the Hawks are 126-57 with four Region V tournament appearances and one conference championship. The Hawks are coming off a 18-8 season and a third place finish in the conference standings in 2018-19. The 2018-19 season was highlighted by a win at national runner-up Ranger College and a 65-56 home win over national quarter-finalist Odessa College. The Hawks were 22-9 with a regional quarter-final appearance in 2017-18. In 2016-17 after a slow start to the year, the Hawks finished strong to qualify for the postseason and capped it off with a first round win over 29-1 (7th ranked) McLennan College. In 2014-15, the Hawks were co-conference champions (24-8, 13-3) and the Region V tournament runner-up. Along the way, the Hawks beat the NJCAA national tournament runner-up and third place team. In 2013-14, Raines led the team to a 24-8 (11-5 conference) record and a semifinal appearance in the Region V tournament.
37 players in five years under Coach Raines have moved on to play at the university level:
Andrija Blatanic- Academy of Art University
Demeco Blue- Texas A & M International
Srdjan Budimir-Texas A & M Commerce
Niels Bunschoten- Indiana State University
Travis Charles- University of Albany
Andre Ferguson-Cal State Monterey Bay
Will Ferguson- St. Mary’s (TX) University
Cameron Fields- Our Lady of the Lake University
Christian Fields- Our Lady of the Lake University
Sam Finley- University of Mississippi (Ole’ Miss)
Rob Gray- University of Houston
Derrick (DJ) Green- University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Garrick Green- Coastal Carolina University
Malcolm Green- Erskine College
Mike Harden, Jr.- Southern University
Jeremy Hayes- University of Louisiana (Lafayette)
Jake Heese- Utah Valley University
Isaiah Hobbs- University of Texas
Jake Hutchings- Chaminade University
Darius Johnson- LSU Alexandria
Matt Johnson- St. Bonaventure University
Shawn Jones-UMass Lowell
Gonzalo Munoz- Concordia University(TX)
Diamond Onwuka- St. Cloud State University
David “Pepe” Joseph- Bowling Green State University
Jose Libanio- Southeastern Oklahoma State University
Amari McCray- University of Pacific
Kuba Niziol- Cal-Poly
Reggie Oliver-Quinnipiac University
Jack Pagenkopf- Dixie State University
Shaquille Preston- Prairie View A & M
Kelvin “KJ” Riley- Evansville University
Dante Scott- Mississippi Valley State University
Lis Shoshi- University of Arkansas-Little Rock
Ricquail Smoot- Hampton State University
Nic Thomas- Norfolk State University
Eric Weary- University of Houston
The Hawks were led from 2004-2013 by Mark Adams, currently an assistant at Texas Tech University. Adams led the Hawks to the 2010 National Championshhip along with 2006 and 2013 trips to the national tournament. Adams tenure included three seasons of 30 wins or more and two NJCAA national players of the year, Charles Burgess in 2006 and Jae Crowder (currently with the Boston Celtics) in 2010.
Raines is a graduate of Oklahoma Christian University of Science and Arts in Edmond, Oklahoma. He played collegiately at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colorado and Oklahoma Christian. He is married to Kelly Raines (Howard College Softball Coach) and they have a thirteen year old son, Austen.
Gabe Palmquist-Clark or “Coach PC” is in his second year as an assistant men’s basketball coach at Howard College. In his first season with the Hawks. Coach PC helped guide the Hawks to a 3rd place finish in league and an 18-8 record overall. The Hawks were able to achieve a team GPA of almost a 3.2 team GPA in the 2018-19 season. Only 17 men's basketball teams in the NJCAA finished with higher than a 3.0 GPA. The Hawks were able to achieve the 8th highest team GPA in the country among men's basketball teams.
Palmquist-Clark comes to Howard after a brief stint at Vincennes University in the 2017-18 Season. In his time at Vincennes the Trailblazers were ranked as high as #2 in the nation. At Vincennes, Coach PC worked for hall of fame coach Todd Franklin.
During the 2016-17 Coach PC worked at Kilgore College in Region 14 of the NJCAA. While working at Kilgore for Brian Hoberecht, he was responsible for post player development, team travel, academics, film, recruiting, among other things.
During the 2015-16 season, Coach PC was an assistant coach at Western Oregon University under head coach Jim Shaw. At WOU he established coaching aspects in the program such as scouting reports, post player development and recruiting. At WOU he helped guide the program to 31-4 record, D2 Final Four appearance, No. 1 ranking in D2, No. 3 final ranking in D2 and broken records for most wins in men’s basketball WOU history and conference history.
Coach PC was also an assistant coach at Holy Names University in Oakland, Calif. in 2014-15 where his primary duties were scouting reports, recruiting, big-men skill development and video coordinating. He was also the assistant coach/recruiting coordinator at Lane Community College from 2012-14 for Head Coach Bruce Chavka.
He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (with a Sports Business focus) at the University of Oregon and earned a Master's Degree of Science Education from Western Oregon University in 2016.
Coach PC is a native of Portland, OR where he was a four-year scholar athlete at Cleveland High School. His family resides through-out the west coast in Oregon and California.
Junsie Cotten begins his second season as assistant coach for Scott Raines at Howard College. A native of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Cotten brings over twenty years of coaching experience both as an assistant and head coach. Prior to Howard, Cotten and Raines worked together at Midland College (1999-2001) guiding the Chaparrals to a two year record of 55-15 while capturing a WJCAC Championship, a Region V title, and finishing 6th at the NJCAA National Tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas.
Cotten, a former assistant at the University of Texas at El Paso, has also been the head coach at Lincoln Trail College (2005-2010), and most recently at Panola College (2010-2015) in Carthage, Texas. In his second year at Lincoln Trail, Cotten led the Statesmen to the 2007 Region 24 Championship.
Cotten began his coaching career as a student assistant in 1994 at Utah State under Larry Eustachy, where he helped the Aggies post a 21-8 record and win the Big West Conference Championship.
Collegiately, Cotten played his first two years (1990-1992) at the College of Eastern Utah. He averaged a conference best 21.1 points per game as a sophomore earning First Team All-League and All-Region honors. He played his final two years at Utah State University in Logan, Utah.
Coach Cotten comes to Howard College after serving as a special needs teacher in the Chapel Hill–Carrboro City School system.
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