Former UC Davis wide receivers coach is back at his alma mater; program enjoys seamless transition with Cody Hawkins, a Davis native, as its new position coach
Hawkins also brings an extensive knowledge of the game after learning from Washington head coach Chris Petersen, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, Texas head coach Tom Herman, former Boise State head coach Dirk Koetter, and former Montreal Alouettes head coach Marc Trestman.
"Spending this past year at UC Davis has been one of the greatest privileges of my young coaching career. I was born in Davis, and excited to become a small part of the great tradition of Aggie coaches who came before me," said Hawkins.
"We all believe in the quality balance of life, holistic excellence and the pursuit of championships that is the common thread throughout the history of UC Davis football. I look forward to learning from this great coaching staff and helping our student-athletes achieve all of their goals on and off the field," he added.
Said current UC Davis offensive coordinator Tim Plough, "Cody was instrumental this past season in his role and is more than prepared to step into this position. He has a great knowledge of the game, and more importantly, cares about developing young men off the field by creating a successful culture. I'm very happy for him and excited to see him put his spin on this talented group of wide receivers, and our offense as a whole."
In 2017, UC Davis finished as the top offense in the Big Sky Conference, which helped the Aggies set 46 new Big Sky era records, faced more ranked teams (or teams receiving votes) since joining the league, won five games against Division I competition, equal to the combined total from the previous three seasons, and won five Big Sky Player of the Week awards, matching the total from the last four years.
Junior organizational studies major Keelan Doss highlighted UC Davis' receiving group by ending his season with 115 receptions, 10.5 receptions per game and 136.3 receiving yards, top numbers among all players at the FBS and Football Championship Subdivision levels when the Aggies' season ended. Doss, the Big Sky's Offensive Player of the Year and finalist for the Walter Payton Award which is presented to the most outstanding offensive player in the nation, also led all FCS players with 1,499 receiving yards.
Hawkins joined UC Davis after leading Los Angeles Valley College to its best record in school history (11-0), a conference and state championship at its offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Under his tutelage, LAVC averaged 43.3 points per game, with numerous players continuing their playing career at the Division I level.
Team USA also experienced a similar level of offensive success and averaged 54 points a game throughout Hawkins' career as its offensive coordinator.
Prior to his tenure with the National Team, Hawkins led Westview High School's offense as its coordinator, and helped develop Ohio State's wide receivers, running backs and quarterbacks.
At WHS (Beaverton, Ore.), Hawkins helped it earned its first playoff appearance in seven years thanks to a new offensive system which he installed. Thanks to his coaching, the team experienced a deep postseason run after leading all Oregon high schools with 3,254 passing yards, in addition to its 36 passing touchdowns.
As a member of the Buckeyes' football staff, Hawkins assisted with the mental and physical development of its offensive players, developed a comprehensive social media strategy, and content, as part of the program's elite recruiting process.
Hawkins' coaching career began in 2011 as the offensive coordinator and quarterback coach of the Stockholm Mean Machines, the country's oldest and most successful football organization. When he returned the U.S., he led Bishop Kelly High School (Boise, Idaho), to a 9-2 record and a berth in the state semifinals. That season, the Knights' offense enjoyed one of its most prolific seasons in school history by scoring a conference-high 42 points per game.
Success earned by those teams lead to an opportunity to coach elite quarterbacks from across the country as the quarterback coach for Elite 11/The Opening, where he became the only quarterback in the history of Nike's program to attend as an invitee, college counselor and coach.
It was this experience that led to his opportunity at Ohio State.
An elite quarterback himself, Hawkins compiled a 40-0 record as a starter at Bishop Kelly High School. In addition to leading his school to consecutive state championships, he earned Idaho High School Football Gatorade Player of the Year honors as a junior and senior before continuing his playing career at Colorado.
While competing for the Buffaloes, he earned the Kordell Stewart Career Achievement Award, the Eddie Crowder Award for outstanding leadership twice, and the Derek Singleton Award (leadership, enthusiasm and dedication) on three occasions.
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