Nick Howell enters his third season at Virginia on Bronco Mendenhall’s staff and is the defensive coordinator/secondary coach.
In Howell's second season in Charlottesville he oversaw a secondary that boasted a corps that ranked No. 7 in the nation and No. 2 in the ACC against the pass (165.8). The group was headed by three-time first-team All-ACC player Quin Blanding, ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year Brenton Nelson and third-team All-ACC cornerback Juan Thornhill. Blanding finished his illustrious career with more All-America honors and as UVA's all-time record holder with 495 career tackles. The 495 career tackles rank tied for No. 6 all-time in ACC history and are the most by any ACC defensive back. Blanding finished each of his four seasons No. 2 in the ACC in tackles, a feat that hadn't even been done three times in the leauge until he did it after his junior year. In his duties overseeing the defense, inside linebacker Micah Kiser was named the Campbell Trophy winner (Academic Heisman) and led the ACC in tackles for the third year in a row. Only Boston College's Luke Kuechly (2009-11) had previously accomplished the feat in league history. Kiser was also a three-time first-team All-ACC honoree and received multiple All-America honors over the past two seasons.
Howell helped the defensive unit at BYU finish the 2015 regular season ranked No. 6 nationally in sacks per game and No. 15 in tackles for loss after the Cougars ranked No. 20 in rushing defense in 2014.
Despite having to defend more plays than all but four teams nationally in 2013 due to BYU's up-tempo offensive system, the Cougar defense ranked No. 12 nationally in yards-per-play defense, No. 16 in pass efficiency defense and No. 22 in scoring defense. Howell helped the BYU defense rank No. 3 in total defense (266.1 yards allowed) and No. 10 in passing yards allowed (179.2 yards per game) in 2012.
In 2011, Howell helped the defense rank No. 15 in pass efficiency defense, allowing a rating of 112.58. In that same year, the Cougars ranked No. 13 in overall defense.
Howell first came to BYU in 2007 as a defensive intern and then served two years as a graduate assistant before being hired as an assistant coach in 2010. Since first being hired at BYU by Mendenhall in 2007, he has helped coach defensive backs and linebackers. Howell started as a full-time coach working as the team’s outside linebackers coach before taking over the BYU secondary partway through the 2010 season.
Prior to coming to BYU, Howell was the head coach at Ben Lomond High School (Ogden, Utah) from 2004-2006 and served as defensive coordinator at Weber High School (North Ogden, Utah) in 2003 and defensive line coach at Sky View High School (Smithfield, Utah) in 2002.
A native of Ogden, Utah, Howell earned a M.A. in education with teaching certification from the University of Phoenix in 2007 after receiving his undergraduate degree in history from Weber State in 2005. Howell and his wife Brooke have four children.
Howell's contributions at BYU helped the Cougars put one of the nation's top defenses on the field each year he was in Provo. In 2013, Howell was a candidate for the Broyles Award, given annually to the nation's top assistant coach.
|High School||Ben Lomond HS, Ogden, Utah, 1998|
|College||Weber State, 2005|
|Graduate School||University of Phoenix, 2007, M.A. education with teaching certification|
|Family||wife, Brooke; four children, Dakota, Kayla, Autumn and Zion|
|2002 - Sky View High School
|2003 - Weber High School
|2004-06 - Ben Lomond High School
|2007 - BYU
|2008-09 - BYU
Defensive Graduate Assistant
|2010 - BYU
|2011-12 - BYU
Secondary and Special Teams
|2013-15 - BYU
|2016-present - Virginia
|Las Vegas Bowl (2007)|
|Las Vegas Bowl (2008)|
|Las Vegas Bowl (2009)|
|New Mexico Bowl (2010)|
|Armed Forces Bowl (2011)|
|Poinsettia Bowl (2012)|
|Fight Hunger Bowl (2013)|
|Miami Beach Bowl (2014)|
|Las Vegas Bowl (2015)|
|Military Bowl (2017)|
|Former Prominent Players Coached
|Preston Hadley (BYU)|
|Skye PoVey (BYU)|
|Daniel Sorensen (BYU)|
|Quin Blanding (Virginia)|
|Micah Kiser (Virginia)|
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