Nick Howell Staff Bio | Defensive Coordinator/Secondary

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Nick Howell

Years at BYU


Years Overall


Coaching Experience

  • 2013-present BYU defensive coordinator and secondary coach
  • 2011-2012 BYU secondary coach and special teams coach
  • 2010 BYU outside linebackers coach
  • 2008-09 BYU defensive graduate assistant
  • 2007 BYU defensive intern
  • 2004-06 Ben Lomond High (Ogden, UT) head coach
  • 2003 Weber High (North Ogden, UT) defensive coordinator
  • 2002 Sky View High (Smithfield, UT) defensive line coach

Bowl Games Coached


Of Note

  • Helped BYU pass defense rank No. 15 in pass efficiency defense, allowing a rating of 112.58 in 2011
  • Led secondary unit as part of the No. 13 ranked overall defense in 2011
  • Served as outside linebackers coach during Barry Lamb's health-related leave of absence after the 2009 season before being promoted to a full-time assistant in 2010
  • Helped BYU rank No. 23 in the country in pass defense and No. 24 in total defense in 2010
  • Helped the Cougars achieve a 32-7 record during his three seasons as the defensive graduate assistant from 2007-2009
  • Helped coach defensive backs two years and linebackers one year as graduate assistant


  • University of Phoenix (2007, M.A. Education with teaching certification)
  • Weber State University (2005, History)
  • Ben Lomond High School (1998)


Ogden, Utah




  • Married to Brooke PoVey
  • Has four children
Nick Howell


Howell served three seasons as a graduate assistant before being hired as an assistant coach in 2010.

Since first being hired by Bronco Mendenhall in 2007, he has helped coach defensive backs and linebackers. Howell worked as the team’s outside linebackers coach during former outside linebacker coach Barry Lamb’s leave of absence, eventually permanently taking over the position when Lamb retired.

Howell entered his new role with eight years of coaching experience at the college and high school levels. Prior to coming to BYU in 2007, he 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 University (Ogden, Utah) in 2005. Howell and his wife Brooke have four children.

Mendenhall on Howell's hiring: “Nick is one of the brightest young football coaches in the country,” Mendenhall said. “He is extremely diligent, energetic, and hard working. He is passionate about BYU. I am thrilled to have him continue to be part of our staff, and I am confident he will be successful in building on what Coach Lamb has done here at BYU.”