Nashville --- Head coach Kathy Roulhac has announced the hiring of Tony Howell as an assistant volleyball coach at Tennessee State University.
"I think that it will be a great opportunity to come to Tennessee State University and work with coach Roulhac," commented Howell. "It will be an exciting time and I'm looking forward to helping build the program back to the level it used to be during the OVC championship run."
Howell comes to Tennessee State University after spending six years as the top volleyball assistant at Belmont University. During his stint at Belmont he spearheaded the volleyball team's nationally-recognized service game, trained outside hitters, and managed the video and scouting aspects of the program.
As a coach of the service game, Howell saw three teams lead the A-Sun in aces per set, with two finishing second. The Bruins made a noticeable change after Howell's arrival in 2004 by turning around 10th-place conference finish in aces per set to leading the conference in 2004.
Most recently in 2008 the Bruins ranked fifth among all Division I schools with 2.1 aces per set, while pacing the conference. Howell also helped mold the individual performance of A-Sun Freshman of the Year Channing Salava, who ranked 21st among Division I players in aces per set with 0.47.
Howell arrived at Belmont with an extensive coaching background at the college and club levels. Prior to graduating from North Texas in 1996, Howell began his coaching career as an undergraduate assistant coach in 1994 for the Mean Green volleyball program. In 1995, Howell helped North Texas capture their first Southland Conference championship.
That same year Howell was introduced to coaching at the club level as the head coach of the 15-17 age division for Team North Texas.
In 1996 Howell was named assistant coach at Texas Wesleyan in Fort Worth, Texas, where he was in charge of scheduling, travel, budget, recruiting, scouting and statistics. Howell also remained a club coach while he was with the Rams until 2000.
Following his stint at Texas Wesleyan, Howell became the Facility Director at the Advantage Sports Center where he supervised all activities at the complex. Tony also coached for one of the top clubs in the state of Texas (Texas Advantage Volleyball) beginning in 2000. He was instrumental in sending two teams to USAV juniors nationals in 2001 and 2004. As an assistant, his 2004 team qualified for Junior Nationals in three national qualifiers and captured the Championship title at the Lonestar Qualifier.
Howell currently serves as a club coach and one of three coaches to form the new Nashville One volleyball club. He helped lead the 18s squad to be the first team to qualify for Junior Nationals during their inaugural year. Howell has also served as a club coach for the Nashville Impact while in Tennessee.