Coach Howard Ware
As a track star, Howard Ware earned All-State and All-American recognition. He named his track club the Austin Striders because he wanted it to be for everyone in the city. Its membership drew a mix of Black, White, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American young people. Ware and his coaches worked on the ability to run but also instilled the sense of family, teamwork, respect, discipline, responsibility, and care. The organization also helped acquire many partial and full college scholarships for high school seniors. The Austin Striders won the 1994 Amateur Athletic Union National Track and Field Championship, and Ware was honored by Governor Ann Richards. He’s been honored as Coach of the Year five times.
In 1995 Coach Ware was inducted into the Greater Austin Sports Foundation and Howard was contacted in late 1995 by the HT Athletic Director Charles Dubra and became the track and field coach in 1996 with 4 ladies and 1 man. Howard also won the NISOD Excellence award in 2009, served on the Nations NAIA Games Committee while he was a Coach at HT, and was honored by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. as the "Man on Campus" and "Most Outstanding Male" at Huston-Tillotson. In 2014, he was honored by Austin channel 24 's " Five Who Care.” Coach Ware retired from his head track coach position at Huston-Tillotson University as an 8-time Coach of the Year recipient (5- AAU, 1 - Big State Conference, 2- Red River Conference).