SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Grace Howrigon has been named the program's third ever women's basketball head coach, Lawrence Technological (Mich.) University athletic director Scott Trudeau announced on Tuesday afternoon.
"Grace will be a great addition to Lawrence Tech," Trudeau said. "She was the lead recruiter at Siena Heights and at Colorado College. Her familiarity with the conference and her knowledge of the teams we compete against is a plus. Grace understands that at Lawrene Tech, it is always students first, athlete second. She is going to fit in with the culture we have created here at Lawrence Tech."
Howrigon becomes the third head coach in Lawrence Tech Blue Devil history following her one year as an assistant coach at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colo. Prior to her time at Colorado College, Howrigon was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator during the 2017-18 season at her alma mater, Siena Heights University in Adrian, Mich. She was also a graduate assistant for the varsity team and head junior varsity coach for the Saints from 2015-2017. During the 2015-16 season, she led Siena Heights reserve team as head coach to a perfect 19-0 season followed by a 17-2 season in 2016-17.
"I've been a part of the WHAC as a player and coach for seven years," Howrigon said. "The WHAC is home to me, coming back to a conference that I am so familiar with makes for a smooth transition. I really felt this opportunity was the right one and being able to come home to Michigan was just icing on the cake. I want to thank Scott (Trudeau), Kevin (Finn), and the administration for having the confidence in me and the vision I have for this program."
Howrigon is the Saints' career leader in assists, finishing with 585 over her four-year career. She also has the single-season record (214), which she set in 2013-14; and the single-game record, which she claimed with 12 assists on Feb. 20, 2013, against Indiana Tech. Howrigon has the second- and third-most single-season assist totals of 206 and 131, which she accumulated in 2012-13 and 2011-12, respectively.
Howrigon's name peppers the SHU record books in other areas as well. On the career lists, she is tied for third in three-point percentage (.351), sixth in free throws made (248), sixth in free-throw percentage (.758) and tied for sixth in three-pointers (125).
Howrigon's senior season in 2013-14 led her to Siena Heights single-season list where she is fourth in free-throw percentage (.820), fifth in three-pointers (70), fifth in three-point percentage (.398), fifth in free throws made (125) and tied for eighth in points (447). That year, she was named All-WHAC First Team and WBCA All-America Honorable Mention. She was previously an All-WHAC Honorable Mention in 2012-13.
Howrigon, a 2014 graduate of Siena Heights, earned a bachelor's degree in sport management. In 2017, she completed her master's degree from Siena Heights in organizational leadership.