Ellen Howe begins her ninth season overall and eighth full season as the Siena Water Polo head coach in 2015. The winningest coach in program history, Howe enters the season with a 69-145 career record after being elevated to the head coaching position on April 5, 2007.
Howe previously served for two seasons as the team's assistant coach. Under her leadership, Howe has led the Saints to their first two ever MAAC Tournament appearances.
In 2012 under Howe's guidance the Saints' boasted the MAAC Co-Defensive Player of the Year, Katie Ness.
In 2011, the Saints celebrated several landmark victories. On Senior Day, the team snapped a 24-match losing streak to Marist with a 7-6 win over the perennial MAAC power. The squad also broke an eight-game skid to Wagner with an 11-9 triumph.
In 2010, Howe led the Saints to their second ever MAAC Tournament appearance. She won a personal-best 12 games during the season and for a second straight year, mentored a MAAC First Team selection in Camille Norman who broke the single-season program record with 84 goals.
In 2009, Howe led the Saints to a 10-17 campaign and fifth place finished in the MAAC at 3-7. Additionally, Howe mentored MAAC Offensive Player of the Year Lauren Garrigan, who finished the 2009 season with a then program-record 83 goals.
After posting a 1-9 record after filling out the remainder of the 2007 season, Howe took the program to new heights in 2008. The Saints finished 11-20 overall and qualified for the MAAC Tournament for the first time in program history. For her efforts, Howe was named the 2008 Anaconda Sports MAAC Coach of the Year.
During her assistant coaching tenure, Howe helped guide the Saints through a new era for the program which saw the team compete against three ranked teams and amass the deepest schedule in school history. Prior to her appointment as head coach, Howe served as an integral part to the Saints 2007 record setting team which posted the most successful start in program history at 11-5.
Prior to her stint in Loudonville, Howe embarked on her coaching career in 2003 while working with age group athletes through the Greater Philly Water Polo Club. In 2004 she served as the head coach at Friends Central High School in Philadelphia and has also coached at several water polo camps across the country.
Howe also established a brilliant water polo playing career of her own both in high school and collegiately at Villanova. During her playing career at Villanova, Howe received four varsity letters and was named to the All-MAAC team during each of her four seasons. She received two degrees as an undergraduate and was named to the conference's All-Academic team three out of four years. She was her team's co-MVP during the 2004 and 2005 seasons and graduated from Villanova as the all-time assists leader and with the second highest point total in school history (goals and assists).
In addition to her head coaching duties, Howe also manages the Siena Athletic Department's Life Skills Program which helps to enhance the overall experience of being a Siena Student-Athlete by providing skills applicable to life beyond college.
Howe is a 2008 graduate of the NCAA Women's Coaches Academy. She currently resides in nearby Newtonville.