Dan Hawkins
Dan  Hawkins

Last College:
UC Davis '84

Position:
Head Coach


11/21/2017

UC Davis collects 10 All-Big Sky and specialty awards

Keelan Doss and Jake Maier named Big Sky Offensive and Newcomer of the Year; Wesley Preece joins that duo on one of three all-conference teams; five Aggies receive honorable mention

11/15/2017

Football crosses Causeway for annual rivalry game

Join other UC Davis football fans at Athletics' pregame tailgate in Lot 7, which will begin at noon

11/08/2017

Aggies host Southern Utah in home finale

Pregame ceremony will honor program's 14 seniors; halftime event will feature Ken O'Brien as he becomes the first member of the Aggie Pride Wall

11/06/2017

Ken O'Brien honored in football's home finale

Teammates from the 1982 squad, who competed in that year's National Championship game, will help UC Davis Athletics honor Aggie legend

11/01/2017

Aggies seek third straight win vs. Idaho State

UC Davis will head to Pocatello, Idaho, for the first time since 2012

Director of Athletics Kevin Blue named Aggie alumnus Dan Hawkins head football coach at UC Davis on Nov. 28, 2016. 

Hawkins, who also served as a college football studio analyst at ESPN in recent seasons, brings a unique depth of experience and innovative offensive approach back to his alma mater. During his career, Hawkins built Boise State to elite status on the college football landscape and coached in the Big XII at the University of Colorado.

"We are very excited to welcome Dan Hawkins back to UC Davis to lead an exciting new era of football at his alma mater. Dan is a highly experienced head football coach who possesses in-depth expertise about what it takes to be successful in the modern era of Div. I college football," said Blue. 

"Dan demonstrates an uncommon intellectual curiosity and shares our earnest commitment to the scholar-athlete ideal. His understanding of our successful football history, combined with his knowledge and experience in contemporary college football, makes him the ideal coach to move our program forward," Blue added.

Hawkins, the 17th head coach in the program's history, is married to the former Misti Rae Ann Hokanson.


Head Coach Dan Hawkins

  • Played fullback for legendary UC Davis head coach Jim Sochor from 1981-82
  • Member of the 1982 football team that advanced to the NCAA Division II Championship after winning the 12th of 20 consecutive conference titles
  • First-generation college student
  • Served as an assistant coach for his mentor, Sochor, from 1983-85
  • Graduated from UC Davis in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education
  • Earned a master’s degree in educational administration from Saint Mary’s (Calif.) College in 1993
  • First college head coaching opportunity took place at Willamette University
  • That football program, one that enjoyed just three winning seasons in the eight prior to Hawkins’ arrival, posted a combined 39-12-1 mark during his tenure (1993-97)
  • Included in that winning overall record is a pair of 5-0 conference records, a 13-1 overall record and NAIA national runner-up finish in 1997
  • Turned Boise State from a "school with the blue football turf" into a perennial national power as its head coach from 2001-05
  • During the Hawkins era, the Broncos posted a 56-11 overall record, which included a 37-3 record and 31-game win streak in the Western Athletic Conference
  • Boise State led the country in scoring (45.6) and total offense (501.5) in 2002
  • Hawkins coached 20 All-WAC first-team selections, three All-Americans, and 10 players that played in the NFL
  • Coach Hawkins led the Broncos to four WAC titles, collected Coach of the Year honors in 2002 and ’04, and ended the 2004 season as a finalist for the Paul "Bear" Bryant College Football Coach of the Year Award
  • Took over a rebuilding Colorado (2006-10) program and gained invaluable experience during his tenure with the Big XII Conference
  • Remained within the collegiate ranks after Colorado and served as a studio analyst at ESPN before returning to UC Davis
  • Also coached at Christian Brothers High School (1986-87) in Sacramento, College of the Siskiyous (1988-91) and Sonoma State (1992)
  • Led the U.S. National Football Team to a gold medal at the 2015 IFAF World Championship