Basketball - Varsity
Howard Blue | Varsity Basketball Head Coach
Howard Blue enters his first year as varsity basketball coach and Director of Academic Support.
Serving as an extension of the Academic Dean’s office, Coach Blue will provide an intentional focus on our increasingly robust system of academic support. He will also work closely with Mr. Rodriguez, Mrs. Napolitano, and Mr. Maczynski providing our students with comprehensive guidance throughout their Prep experience. He will be informed by the ideals of Jesuit education, particularly by the call for Ignatian educators to dedicate their work ad maiorem dei gloriam and to the cura personalis of each student at the school.
A native Washingtonian, a leader and innovator in urban education, Coach Blue has spent the vast majority of his professional career at the Washington Jesuit Academy (WJA), a unique extended-day, extended-year middle school for underserved students. Before his departure in the fall of 2018, Coach Blue served as the founding Executive Director of the unique Link2:DC program, as well as the Executive Director of the Office of Student & Alumni Success, where he managed high school placement, high school support, college access, alternative education, and career readiness for WJA graduates. He also created and implemented a successful leadership development and training program that provided internships and real-world work experience for DC area students.
Beyond the walls of WJA, Coach Blue founded Vertex, a nonprofit that began by providing character and academic enrichment to student-athletes in a holistic manner. Vertex has expanded beyond student-athletes to include programing to empower high school students, college students, and young adults through social capital and entrepreneurship, as well as professional development for educators and coaches alike through Vertex’s Skillful Impact Curriculum. Coach Blue is married to Anna Blue, and they share three children, Ashton Jones, Amena Blue, and Harper Blue.
In addition to his responsibilities as Director of Academic Support, Coach Blue was named the Head Varsity Basketball Coach at Georgetown Prep. He spent this past season as an assistant coach of Prep’s varsity basketball team and also spent two years working and learning under Coach Steve Turner at Gonzaga College High School. He has experience navigating the college recruitment process for student-athletes and their families and understands how to train and develop high school athletes physically, mentally, and emotionally. Coach Blue was a four-year starter for Colgate University's men's basketball team (graduated in 2004 with his B.A. in Educational Studies) and earned All-Rookie, All-League, and All-Patriot League Academic Honors.