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.”