Wide Receivers Coach
Markus Howell is entering his 16th CFL season and fifth in the coaching ranks after retiring from an 11-year playing career. He will once again oversee the receiving corps.
The 2014 season saw Howell coach fourth year Bomber Clarence Denmark to a career season. Denmark finished second in league receiving yardage with 1,080, topping his career best by nearly 200 yards.
In his first season in charge of the receivers of 2012, Howell was instrumental in mentoring the league’s Most Outstanding Rookie, Chris Matthews, who became the franchise’s first true-rookie to record over 1,000 yards receiving, as he led the team with 1,192. Howell brings with him a wealth of knowledge and his teachings allowed for every pass-catcher on the roster to pick up the CFL game with ease, as 11 different receivers saw significant playing time and recorded at least one reception in 2012.
After retiring following the 2010 season, Howell was initially hired by the Blue Bombers to be the team's defensive/special teams assistant but took over coaching the linebackers in July following the untimely death of assistant coach Richard Harris.
Originally drafted by the Blue Bombers in the fourth round (25th overall) of the 2000 CFL Draft, Howell spent 11 years with Winnipeg, Ottawa and Calgary as a receiver, defensive back and returner. He caught 151 passes for 2,062 yards and nine touchdowns, returned 77 kickoffs for 1,679 yards with one touchdown and also brought back 246 punts for 2,232 yards – including a 96-yard touchdown return in 2007 as a member of the Stampeders.
Howell also added 28 defensive tackles, 21 special teams tackles, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries – one of which he returned for a touchdown. He won a Grey Cup with the Stamps in 2008.
His versatility and ability to play on all three units made him a very sought-after player and he brings all of that knowledge and experience with him as a coach.
Howell, a Winnipeg native, graduated from Texas Southern University with a BBA in Finance and resides in his hometown year-round with his wife, Marie, and daughter, Jada.