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Nick Howell

Defensive Coordinator

Nick Howell joined the Vanderbilt football staff in January 2022 and currently serves as the defensive backs coach.

Howell comes to Nashville from Virginia, where he served as the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach for the Cavaliers from 2016 to 2021. He helped lead Virginia to the 2019 Atlantic Coast Conference championship game, the Orange Bowl and a College Football Playoff ranking of 24th.

“Nick brings a wealth of experience on the defensive side of the ball,” Vanderbilt head coach Clark Lea said. “Throughout his career, he has proven his ability to develop players and strengthen culture, and he certainly will help move us forward in both areas. I am thrilled to have him as a part of the Vanderbilt football family and looking forward to the positive impact he will have in our program.”

Jordan Mack, Charles Snowden, Juan Thornhill and Bryce Hall are among the notables who have played under Howell. His 2018 Virginia defense was among the top 20 nationally in team passing efficiency, passing yards allowed, team defense and scoring defense.

Howell graduated from Weber State in 2005 but began coaching high school football in 2002. He joined the Brigham Young staff in 2007 and remained there until moving to Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2016.

The Howell File
Hometown: Ogden, Utah
High School: Ben Lomond (Odgen, Utah)
College: Weber State (history, 2005) & University of Phoenix (master’s in education, 2007)
Wife: Brooke
Children: Dakota, Kayla, Autumn and Zion

Coaching Career
2002 • Sky View High School (Utah) • Defensive Line
2003 • Weber High School (Utah) • Defensive Coordinator
2004 • Ben Lomond High School (Utah) • Head Coach
2005 • Ben Lomond High School (Utah) • Head Coach
2006 • Ben Lomond High School (Utah) • Head Coach
2007 • BYU • Defensive Intern
2008 • BYU • Defensive Graduate Assistant
2009 • BYU • Defensive Graduate Assistant
2010 • BYU • Outside Linebackers
2011 • BYU • Secondary and Special Teams
2012 • BYU • Secondary and Special Teams
2013 • BYU • Defensive Coordinator and Secondary
2014 • BYU • Defensive Coordinator and Secondary
2015 • BYU • Defensive Coordinator and Secondary
2016 • Virginia • Defensive Coordinator and Secondary
2017 • Virginia • Defensive Coordinator and Secondary
2018 • Virginia • Defensive Coordinator and Secondary
2019 • Virginia • Defensive Coordinator and Secondary
2020 • Virginia • Defensive Coordinator and Secondary
2021 • Virginia • Defensive Coordinator and Secondary

Postseason Experience
2007 • BYU • Las Vegas Bowl
2008 • BYU • Las Vegas Bowl
2009 • BYU • Las Vegas Bowl
2010 • BYU • New Mexico Bowl
2011 • BYU • Armed Forces Bowl
2012 • BYU • Poinsettia Bowl
2013 • BYU • Fight Hunger Bowl
2014 • BYU • Miami Beach Bowl
2015 • BYU • Las Vegas Bowl
2017 • Virginia • Military Bowl
2018 • Virginia • Belk Bowl
2019 • Virginia • Orange Bowl
2021 • Virginia • Fenway Bowl (canceled)