Michael Howley is in his first year as the assistant coach for the Colonials' women's lacrosse program after recently completing a stellar playing career at the University of Maryland. As a defenseman, Howley started 60-of-61 career games for the Terrapins and earned United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) All-America recognition three times, including first-team accolades as a senior in 2003. That season he also was selected as the organization's National Defenseman of the Year. Howley earned All-ACC honors three times in his career and was the conference's Rookie of the Year in 2000. In addition, Howley was a two-time finalist for the Tewaaraton Trophy, which is presented to the nation's top lacrosse player, and was a member of the 2002 gold medal-winning United States World Lacrosse Team.
Howley was selected with the eighth pick in the 2003 Major League Lacrosse (MLL) Draft and is currently a member of the MLL's Rochester Rattlers.
In addition to his playing experience, Howley is the director for the Long Island Sting Lacrosse Club fo boys living in the Long Island area. Howley also started the company Top Notch Lacrosse Camps and serves as its director.
Howley has worked as an instructor at several lacrosse camps for both boys and girls, including the Warrior Champ Camp, Millon International Lacrosse Camp, the University of Maryland Lacrosse Camp, and the Adrenaline Lacrosse Camps.
Howley earned his bachelor's degree in criminology and criminal justice from Maryland in 2003. He resides in Bethesda, MD.