After firing his defensive coordinator in October of 2010, head coach Bronco Mendenhall added those responsibilities to his coaching plate, and kept them on there through the 2011 and 2012 seasons as well.
For 2013, however, Mendenhall has decided to relinquish those responsibilities. Well, the title at least.
BYU announced Friday that Nick Howell has been promoted to the position of defensive coordinator. Howell has been with the Cougars since, serving first as a grad assistant before moving up to secondary/special teams coach the past two seasons.
According to Mendenhall, there won’t be much of a change with Howell directing one of the top defenses in the nation as he had already unofficially taken over that role of late.
“Nick has already been serving in this capacity in many ways but without formal recognition of that role,” said Mendenhall in a statement. “Whenever I have been unable to stay with our defensive coaches due to my responsibilities as the head coach, Nick has provided that leadership in my absence. I will maintain play-calling duties and continue to work with Nick in our established pattern regarding the daily oversight of our defense.”
With Howell’s promotion, outside linebackers coach Kelly Poppinga will take over as special teams coach.
Additionally, offensive coordinator Robert Anae was given the added title of assistant head coach.