Nick Howell

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Nick Howell
Current position
TitleDefensive coordinator
Biographical details
Born (1980-02-26) February 26, 1980 (age 39)
Ogden, Utah
Alma materWeber State (2005)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2002Sky View HS (UT) (DL)
2003Weber HS (UT) (DC)
2004–2006Ben Lomond HS (UT)
2007BYU (intern)
2008–2009BYU (GA)
2010BYU (OLB)
2011–2012BYU (DB/ST)
2013–2015BYU (DC/DB)
2016–presentVirginia (DC/DB)

Nicholas Wade Howell (born 1980) is an American football coach. He is the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at the University of Virginia.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

Howell began his career coaching high school football. He worked from 2002 to 2006 for Sky View High School, Weber High School, and Ben Lomond High School where he was the head coach. He went to BYU in 2007 as an unpaid defensive intern and became a member of the coaching staff as a graduate assistant in 2008 and later a full-time assistant in 2010. In 2013, BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall promoted Howell to replace him as defensive coordinator.[2] Following Mendenhall's departure from Brigham Young University in December 2015 Howell followed him to the University of Virginia.

Players coached[edit]

Howell has helped developed a number of players as there position coach. Some former players went on to play professionally in the National Football League including Ezekiel Ansah, Kyle Van Noy, Alani Fua, Robertson Daniel, Kai Nacua, Daniel Sorensen, Michael Davis, Micah Hannemann, Micah Kiser, Juan Thornhill, Quin Blanding and Tim Harris.

Personal life[edit]

Howell grew up in North Ogden, Utah and graduated from Ben Lomond High School in 1998, were his father Roger was a longtime high school coach and athletic director. After high School he served a LDS Mission in Brazil. Following his church mission, Howell went to Snow College to play football but his career was cut short when he was injured, so he followed his dad into the coaching profession.[3] He earned a Bachelors in History from Weber State University and a M.A. from the University of Phoenix. Howell and his wife Brooke have 4 children.[4]


  1. ^ "Virginia coaching staff: Ruffin McNeill, Nick Howell, and Kelly Poppinga join defensive staff". Retrieved December 12, 2015.
  2. ^ "Nick Howell Bio". Virginia Cavaliers. Retrieved March 28, 2017.
  3. ^ "Coach with years of Ben lomond High ties takes his story to BYU's football team". Retrieved March 18, 2014.
  4. ^ "BYU football: Secondary coach Nick Howell has come a long way in a short time". Retrieved September 8, 2012.

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