After 34 years of coaching basketball, 415 victories, three regional appearances and one trip to Austin for a final four, Howe coach Tim Rose is hanging up the whistle.
Rose began his career in the West Texas town of McCamey then coached for a year in Bullard in East Texas before settling in at Howe in 1990.
We did a story for these pages back in 2013 after a win over Bells that was number 400 for Rose. In his 23 years at Howe, Rose’s teams have won six district championships and the Bulldogs have had four players selected for all-state teams during his career.
Roy Layman was picked for the Texas Sportswriters Association team back in 1995, coming from one of Rose’s favorite teams, although they sported a rather pedestrian record of 8-22. Dwayne Emmons was named to the TSWA and Texas Basketball Coaches Association teams in 1997 and 1998.
Rose has always spoken highly of that 1995 team, not for their record, but for the attitude they brought to the court in every practice and game. Work with that team paid off as the 1996 Bulldog team won 21 games, giving coach Rose the satisfaction of knowing that his coaching approach was sound. The ‘96 team, even with such a gaudy record, failed to reach the playoff as in those days only two district teams reached the postseason.
Howe teams reached the playoffs in nine of the next 10 seasons, and in a 1997 game against Whitesboro the Bulldogs gave Rose win No. 100.
In 2004, in a game against Forrestburg, the Bulldogs scored 100 points for the only time in Rose’s career, and that win was number 200.
In the 1997-98 season, Howe reached the area round of the playoffs before losing a three-point game to Godley, long a North Texas hoops power.
“It took us seven years to get a rematch against Godley but we beat them in the regional finals to earn our trip to state in ‘04-05” Rose said.
That was the first year we began covering Howe sports for the Leader and that team had talent at every position. Justin Howerton and Collin Mangrum were the key players for Rose, but he was proud of the entire bunch.
“Howerton, Kevin Brooks, Thomas Lopez, and Mangrum was just a sophomore but he could really play,” Rose said.
They played well enough to advance to Austin where they ran into a Tuscola Jim Ned team that featured a future All-American quarterback for the University of Texas, Colt McCoy.
Howerton and Mangrum were named to the TABC All-State team following the 2004-05 season. Mangrum repeated as an All-State pick the following season.
In the 2006-07 season the Bulldogs were eliminated by Celina in the area round, but that team was able to secure victory No. 300 for Rose.
The basketball program went through a six-year period without a playoff opportunity, but in the 2012-13 season the Bulldogs finished third in the district with a 10-4 record. A win over Bells that year was No. 400 for coach Rose.
The team finished 7-7 in league play in the 2013-14 season, making the playoffs before losing to Sunnyvale in the bi-district round.
In addition to his basketball coaching duties, Rose has coached football and boys golf at Howe, and this year he guided the Howe tennis team.
For Tim Rose and his wife Brandy, or Nurse as she is known around the Howe schools, retirement will mean more time for new adventures.
We wish our best for coach “Buck.”