Hornsby Howell just kept working his way up through the ranks. He played as a lineman for North Carolina A&T and began his post-graduate career as the Aggies’ football trainer. He was named head coach in 1969 and A&T promptly went 8-1, won the CIAA title and was named Black College national co-champions. Howell coached nine years, with a record of 55-34-4, and his 1975 team won the MEAC title. He ran tough conditioning drills and believed in practicing until his team got things right. Vince Dooley hired Howell as an assistant football coach at Georgia. Howell served as Interim Athletics Director at Savannah State before returning to A&T as an Interim Athletics Director.