A veteran coach, Bob Howell is in his second season at Missouri Southern after nine years as a high school head coach in Louisiana, most recently serving as the athletic director and head football coach at Plaquemine High School. Howell will serve as the Lions' co-offensive coordinator.
Under Howell's leadership a season ago, the Lions set the school record for rushing yardage and rushing attempts, while also tying the record for rushing touchdowns in a single-season.
Howell spent three seasons at Plaquemine, leading his team to playoff appearances in each season. He was 18-15 in his tenure there. Prior to Plaquemine, Howell served as the head coach at Zachary High School for five seasons where he led the team to five-straight playoff appearances, a 49-16 overall record and four class 4A district titles.
Howell was an assistant coach at McNeese State in the 2002 season, helping the team to a 13-2 record and a Southland Conference Championship. Prior to his stint at McNeese, Howell was the athletic director and head coach at Baker High School in Baker, La. for four seasons where he led the team to a 36-14 record. The team won four district titles and was a state finalist in 2001.
Howell also spent time on the coaching staffs at Louisiana-Lafayette, as well as two other high schools (Airline and Lake Charles) in Louisiana.
A two-time Baton Rouge High School Coach of the Year, as well as the 2001 Louisiana Football Coaches Association Coach of the Year, Howell graduated from McNeese State with a bachelors degree in 1978. He earned a masters degree in education in 1980.
Howell has a wife, Shannon and has one son, Matthew and two daughters, Jennifer and Lauren.