Head Coach Peter Howell begins his 17th year at the helm of the Stormy Petrels and his 18th with the program overall. He has been inducted into the Georgia Tennis Hall of Fame, the United States Professional Tennis Association-Southern Division Hall of Fame, the Georgia Professional Tennis Hall of Fame and the Oglethorpe Athletics Hall of Fame. He was named the SAA Men's Tennis Coach of the Year by his peers in 2013.
Howell was ranked fifth in the nation by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) among doubles players 35 and over from 1988-90, and was also fifth in the nation in doubles among players 40 and over from 1991-92. He still competes today, recently winning the USTA National Senior 9.0 Doubles Championship. He was named the USTA Georgia Senior Player of the Year in both 1989 and 1991, the Georgia Professional of the Year in 1978, 1984 and 1998, and the USTA Southern Section Professional of the Year in 1993. He played collegiate tennis for Vanderbilt University and was selected captain and team most valuable player in 1970.
The men's tennis team he guides won a share of the SAA regualr-season championship for the first time in 2016, finishing with a 13-6 record. The men’s team has been ranked regionally in the Atlantic South among NCAA Division III schools in 10 of the past 12 seasons. The 2016 squad finished No. 9 after being ranked 13th the previous year. That season, C.J. Antonio became Howell's first player to be selected as an Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-American, and he repeated for the second consecutive year as an individual qualifier at the NCAA Division III Tennis Championships. Antonio also served as Howell’s first player to be selected SAA Player of the Year, and he finished ranked No. 18 nationally. The 2018 men's team finished ranked 12th in the Atlantic South region with a 12-7 overall record.
The 2017 women's team enjoyed one of the best season in school history, finishing the season ranked 14th in the Atlantic South region. Their 5-2 SAA record put them in third place in the conference standings, marking the highest-ever finish in their Division III history. They advanced to the semifinals of the SAA Tournament for the first time in their history with the conference, and finished the season at 13-6 overall. Caroline Johnson earned her second career spot on the All-SAA First Team, while Shannon Cruz and Taylor Cranford both took All-SAA Honorable Mention. The 2018 Petrels continued to be extremely competitive, finishing with a 12-7 record, putting them fourth in the SAA. They also made the SAA Tournament semifinals for the second consecutive year and finished ranked 16th in the Atlantic South. Johnson became the program's first 4-year All-SAA First Team performer, and she finished 23rd in the region as an individual singles player.
Coach Howell's men's teams have posted a cumulative record of 183-116 while his women's teams have gone 134-166.