|Title:||Asst. AD - Facilities / Asst. TF / Asst. XC|
Travis Howell is in his eighth year with the Whitworth Track & Field program and in his seventh season as the Assistant Cross Country Coach in 2012-13. Howell, the program’s first full-time assistant coach, is also Whitworth's Assistant Athletic Director for Facilities, Game Management, and Intramurals.
Howell has helped guide the Whitworth horizontal jumpers toward the top of the Northwest Conference, earning NCAA West Region Assistant Coach of the Year in 2012. He has helped 71 athletes qualify in the horizontal jumps for the conference championships the past seven years including 16 qualifiers in 2012 alone. In 2012 Luke Mathews won the NWC men’s long jump after a triple jump crown in 2011. Over the last two seasons the Pirates have scored 78 points between the long and triple jump on the men’s side on the way to back to back team track and field titles. In 2008 Kristen Dormaier broke the Whitworth women’s school record in the triple jump with a mark of 37’-9.5” and became the first female Pirate to qualify for the NCAA DIII Outdoor National Championships in the triple jump.
Howell also acts as the program's recruiting coordinator and works closely with Toby Schwarz on developing the Whitworth Track & Field program into one of the best in the nation.
Howell is a graduate of Clarkston High School (2000), where he was a sprinter and jumper for the Bantams, and Gonzaga University, where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education (2004) and Master’s in Sport and Athletic Administration (2008). Howell spent five years coaching the horizontal jumpers at West Valley High School in Spokane, helping the Eagles win the Washington State 3A team title in 2005. Among the several horizontal jump success stories at the district, regional and state levels for both boys and girls, Howell coached four state champions in his five years and one high school All-American in the long and triple jumps, with individual bests of 52'-0.5" in the triple jump and 24’-1.75” in the long jump. His athletes still hold the Washington State 3A records in both the long and triple jumps.