Former University of Washington player and coach Brandon Huppert is UC Davis' defensive line coach, as announced by head coach Dan Hawkins on April 5, 2017.
“Brandon is an excellent young coach,” said Hawkins. “He will be a tremendous addition to our staff. Having worked for Chris Petersen at Washington, he knows what Aggie Pride is all about and how we want to go about instilling that amongst the defensive linemen.”
Huppert comes to the Aggies following considerable experience with the Huskies. He began his playing career at Boise State, but returned to Seattle to pursue his boyhood dream of playing for Washington. An inside and outside linebacker, he played for Washington from 2007-11, and earned both his undergraduate degree in American Indian Studies, and master’s degree in Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership from Washington.
Following two stints at the high school level, Huppert returned to his alma mater, first as a defensive coach for Steve Sarkisian in 2012-13. For the last four years, Huppert worked as Washington’s defensive quality control coach until coming to Davis.
Beginning in 2014, he was retained by former Aggie player and coach Chris Petersen, when Petersen was hired to replace Sarkisian at the Husky helm.
Huppert devoted over four seasons to the Huskies’ defensive quality control position. In that role, he was responsible for all opponent film breakdowns, high school student-athlete evaluations, creation and upkeep of the team’s defensive playbook, daily defensive meeting presentations, plus organization of both the offensive and special teams scout squads.
He is a native of Edmonds, Wash., and prepped at Edmonds-Woodway High School.
Joining Huppert in Davis are his wife Amanda, who also hails from Edmonds, his son Colton and twin daughters, Hayden and Hunter.