Ellen  Howe
Ellen Howe

Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Villanova '05

Career Record:
77-165 (27-71 MAAC)


Siena Athletics Announces Change in Water Polo Leadership

Head Coach Ellen Howe Resigns Post


Water Polo Starts 2017 Season on Saturday

Saints to Compete in Laker Invite in Erie, PA


Water Polo Voted Seventh in MAAC Preseason Poll

Wagner and Marist Chosen as Co-Favorites


Water Polo Announces Class of 2020

Siena Welcomes Three New Players for 2017


Allysa Singh and Stephanie Bundas Named March Student Athletes of the Month

Tennis and Water Polo Standouts Excelling at Siena College


Water Polo vs. Wagner (3/25/17)

Water Polo vs. Wagner (3/25/17)


2016 Water Polo Picture Day

2016 Water Polo Picture Day


Water Polo vs. St. Francis N.Y. (3/30/14)

Water Polo vs. St. Francis N.Y. (3/30/14)

Ellen Howe begins her 12th season overall and 11th full season as the Siena Water Polo head coach in 2017-18. The winningest coach in program history, Howe enters the season with a 87-212 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.

In 2017, Howe led the Saints to a 7-24 record and tied for a fifth place finish in the MAAC (5-9). Freshman Diana Fernandez was named Siena Athletics Female Rookie of the Year and earned All-MAAC Second Team Honors. Fernandez was a five-time Rookie of the Week honoree and Siena won three other weekly awards during the season. Siena set a new program record with five conference wins in a single season.

For the sixth consecutive year, Howe led the team to earn an Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches All-Academic Award in 2016. The team was one of the 45 programs across the Division I, II and III levels to meet the criteria of achieving a 3.0 cumulative team GPA. Siena accrued a 3.15 cumulative GPA. Siena had five members on the MAAC All-Academic team in 2016.

Under Howe, Siena finished 8-20 in 2015 and Stephanie Bundas was named All-MAAC Second team for the second consecutive season. There were also five Saints honored as part of the MAAC All-Academic Team.

In 2014, Howe guided the Saints to a 7-21 finish, with three conference wins. Three Saints were named to All MAAC Second Team after the season and six student-athletes joined the All-Academic Team.

Howe’s squad went 9-18 in 2013, going 3-9 in the MAAC. The team finished one win shy of qualifying for the MAAC Tournament and placed four Saints on All-Academic Team.

In 2012, under Howe's guidance the Saints' boasted the MAAC Co-Defensive Player of the Year, Katie Ness. Siena finished the season 9-21 and 4-8 in the conference. Four Saints were members of the All-Academic Team.

In 2011, the Saints celebrated several landmark victories in a 10-16 season. 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.

Howe led the Saints to their second ever MAAC Tournament appearance in 2010. She won a career-high 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 while closing 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.

While an assistant at Siena, Howe helped guide the Saints through a new era for the program which saw the team compete against three ranked teams and amass the most challenging 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 completed 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.


2007 1-9 .100 1-9 .100 Took over as head coach midway through the season
2008 11-20 .355 4-6 .400 Anaconda Sports MAAC Coach of the Year, Team Qualified for MAAC Championships
2009 10-17 .370 3-7 .300 Lauren Garrigan named MAAC Offensive Player of the Year
2010 12-23 .342 4-6 .400 Team qualified for MAAC Championships
2011 10-16 .385 4-6 .400 Snapped 24-game losing streak to Marist
2012 9-21 .300 4-8 .333 Katie Ness named MAAC Co-Defensive Player of the Year
2013 9-18 .333 3-9 .250
2014 7-21 .250 3-9 .250 Three Saints Named to All-MAAC Second Team
2015 8-20 .286 1-11 .083 Stephanie Bundas All-MAAC Second Team
2016 3-23 .115 1-10 .091
2017 7-24 .226 5-9 .357 Diana Fernandez named Siena Female Rookie of the Year; Most MAAC wins in single season
TOTALS 87-212 .291 33-91 .266