Elisabeth Howell
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Last School
Corona del Sol High School
Roster Years


  • Daughter of Gregory and Conni Crandall
  • Majored in broadcast communications

Before BYU

  • Member of the U.S. National Team from 1987-1992
  • Won the 1990 American Classic All-American title
  • Placed second at the USA vs. East Germany dual meet in 1990 
  • Finished sixth at the 1990 Japan Chunichi Cup
  • Placed seventh at the 1991 U.S. Nationals, winning the national bars title to make the 1991 World Team
  • Won the 1992 Buckeye Classic USGF National Club Championship all-around title, defeating Olympic team member Wendy Bruce
  • Finished 11th at the 1992 U.S. Nationals and 10th at the 1992 Olympic trials
  • High school honors student with a cumulative GPA of 4.0
2019 BYU Hall of Fame

Elisabeth Crandall-Howell began making a name for herself prior to becoming a BYU Cougar. Competing in international competitions, including the Olympic Trials and World Championships, she held a spot on the USA National Team for six years from 1987 to 1992.

Among her many accolades, Crandall-Howell was the uneven bars and floor champion at the 1988 USA Championships where she also finished as the runner-up in the all-around. She was the all-round champion at the American Classic back to back in 1989 and 1990 and also earned the American Classic bars and vault titles as well in 1990. She placed third on the bars at the US Olympic Festival that same year before being the gold medalist on bars at the USA Championships and a member of the silver medal winning team at the World Championships in 1991. She placed 11th in the all-around at the 1992 Olympic Trials.    

In 1992, Crandall-Howell started her collegiate career at BYU, pursuing a degree in physical education and health promotion. On a full athletic scholarship, she qualified for the NCAA Championships four times, first as an individual in her freshman season in 1993 before helping her team advance to the NCAA Championships the next three seasons from 1994-96. 

Crandall-Howell received two All-American awards, securing NACGC First Team recognition on uneven bars with a fifth-place finish in 1993 and a sixth-place performance in 1995. She stood as a three-time NCAA Regional uneven bars champion, winning the event in 1993, 1995 and 1996 and placing third overall in the all-around at the 1994 NCAA Midwest Regionals. By the end of her college career, the 1993 All-WAC First Team honoree tied or set BYU records on uneven bars (9.95), balance beam (9.95) and all-around (38.4). 

Following her days at BYU, Crandall-Howell continued to pursue her passion, serving in several coaching capacities. She also became one of only 16 active international judges in the United States as an international brevet-level judge and a three-time Olympic Trials judge. 

One of her most notable positions started in 2012 when Crandall-Howell signed on as an assistant coach at the University of California, Berkeley. Naturally, the experienced gymnast quickly advanced, becoming the NACGC West Region Assistant Coach of the Year in 2015 and earning the same honor in 2016 on her way to being named the National Assistant Coach of the Year. In 2018, she earned a spot as the co-head coach for the Bears after helping the program rapidly improved in all events since her arrival. Specifically, the program jumped 33 spots in the rankings from 2012 to 2015 and then advanced to the NCAA Championships for the first time since 1992 with outstanding seasons in 2016 (7th place), 2018 (9th place) and 2019 (11th place).

Crandall-Howell has excelled in all facets of her career and continues to serve as the co-head coach at California. She is married to Justin Howell and is a mother to three children: Jacob, Noah and Greyson.

Freshman Year 1993

  • Tied school record on bars with a 9.95
  • Posted a 9.90 on beam
  • All-WAC on beam for second-place finish (9.80) at WAC Championships
  • Finished in a fifth-place tie (9.900) in team competition at NCAA Championships
  • Finished 14th in individual competition at NCAAs
  • Named to 1993 NACGGC-W All-America First Team Bars
Sophmore Year 1994

  • Scored BYU's season-high on beam with a score of 9.925
  • Finished third in all-around at NCAA Midwest Regoinals with a score of 38.4-- the highest all-around finish ever for a BYU gymnast
Junior Year 1995

  • Named to 1995 NACGGC-W All-America First Team Bars
Senior Year 1996

  • Set a school record of 9.950 on beam against SUU
  • Recorded a career-high 9.900 on floor twice during the season
Graduate Year

Redshirt Year

Medical Redshirt Year