February 13, 2013
British All-American soccer star now a coach
The greatest women’s soccer player in Monroe history will be continuing her career with the Mustangs as an assistant coach. Mikalea Howell, who was a two-time First-team All-American as a player at Monroe, will assist Coach Jonathan Garbar on the sidelines.
“Mikaela is not only one of the most talented players I have worked with, but one who has high standards for performance and moral character,” said head coach Jonathan Garbar. “Having her on our sidelines for games and practices will add to the quality of the women’s soccer experience at Monroe. She is a winner in every way and our student athletes will benefit from her expertise every day.”
“What I am most excited about is the fact that our players will have the privilege of working with such a unique, independent, and talented person who not only understands and lives the Mustang culture; but has been a critical piece towards the women’s soccer program’s growth,” he said. “One thing is for certain, I will miss having her as a player!”
The 24 year-old midfielder from Basingstoke, England was one of the nation’s most prolific scorers in her two years at Monroe. In 2012 she was sixth in the NJCAA with 30 goals in just 13 games, she was second in assists with 24, and second in total scoring with 84 total points. In her freshman year she had 23 goals and 8 assists.
In addition to her stalwart play at Monroe, she was an off-season star at DC United.
Howell stars for DC United
As part of her new reponsiblities, Howell will assist in the college’s international admissions office with her obvious specialty recruting students and athletes from the UK.
“This is a great opportunity for me to continue on as part of the Monroe women’s soccer family,” Howell said. “As great a program as it has been, we think it can be even better and I’m excited that i’m going to be a part of that.”