Thomas Howard was named North Carolina A&T’s inside linebackers coach in 2015. After the promotion of defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach Sam Washington to head coach in 2018, Howard was moved to defensive backs coach to replace Washington. In his first season as defensive backs coach, cornerbacks Frank “Mac” McCain III and Timadre Abram earned first-team All-MEAC honors. Safety Jamaal Darden was second on the team in tackles and, the Aggies ranked 12th nationally in passing yards allowed.
In his first season with N.C. A&T he coached Denzel Jones to his first postseason honor as Jones earned second-team All-MEAC recognition. Jones was also named Celebration Bowl Defensive MVP.
Over the previous four seasons before his time at N.C. A&T, Howard was an assistant at the University of Findlay. He was the co-defensive and special teams coordinator during his time there. He also coached defensive backs for three seasons and linebackers for one. During the 2014 season, Howard coached the defensive unit to a total of 19 takeaways and 17 sacks. This was a year after Howard led the defense to a total of 19 takeaways and 35 sacks. The defensive unit was also stout on third down as they allowed their opponents to convert only 39 percent of the time.
In 2012, the Oilers defense recorded 23 sacks compared to only 14 the year before. They also forced 21 turnovers on the season. During the 2011 campaign, the Oilers forced 24 turnovers, eight more than the year before. Howard also got the opportunity to coach preseason All-American and current NFL safety Harold Jones-Quartey. Also in 2012, Howard was selected to participate in the 2012 NFL/NCAA Coaches Academy. He was one of 60 coaches chosen to attend a three-day program that provided former NFL players and current NCAA college coaches with skills and networking opportunities to further their careers in the coaching profession.
Howard came to Findlay after serving two years on staff at Lincoln University, ending as the interim head coach in 2010. While at Lincoln, Howard served as the assistant head coach/defensive coordinator/recruiting coordinator. Howard’s defense finished 17th in Division II in pass defense during the 2010 season and finished first in total defense and turnovers caused in the GLFC Conference during the 2009 season.
Before his time at Lincoln, Howard coached for three seasons at Slippery Rock University as the linebackers coach. While there, Slippery Rock had one of the best defenses in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference as well as the nation.
Prior to his tenure at Slippery Rock, he was the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Allen University. He also served one year as the assistant athletic director/compliance coordinator and two years as an academic adviser/recruiting coordinator at the school. Howard played four seasons at Morehouse College in Atlanta. He served two seasons as team captain and earned the team’s most improved player award as a junior and defensive back of the year award in his senior season. He graduated cum laude in May 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood development.