Former Cal walk-on later coached at his alma mater and Fresno State
Jerry Brady, most recently the co-defensive coordinator and outside linebackers coach at Los Angeles Valley College, joined the UC Davis football staff as an assistant coach, and will mentor the program's outside linebackers.
Brady becomes the fourth member of the 2015 U.S. National Team staff to join the Aggies. Hawkins served as the head coach of that squad, which won the International Federation of American Football World Championship. Recent UC Davis football arrivals Robert Tucker and Isaiah Jackson also served as assistant coaches for Team USA.
Brady's appointment also marks a reunion with both Jackson and Tucker. Formerly a defensive lineman on American River College's conference-champion squad in 2011, he transferred to Sioux Falls, where Jackson served as an assistant coach. Brady played two seasons with the Cougars, before graduating from USF with a 3.12 grade-point average in sports management in 2014.
"There aren't better guys out there than Coach Hawkins and Coach Tucker," said Brady. "To be able to continue to work under Coach Tucker and get another opportunity to work for Coach Hawkins is such a blessing.
"Coach Hawkins has done a phenomenal job putting together a group of men that will work diligently to put our student-athletes in the best position to succeed on and off the football field."
The connection with Tucker dates back to West Hills College in Coalinga, California, where Brady began his coaching career as a defensive line coach, recruiting coordinator and special teams coordinator. The Falcons defense led the country with 80 quarterback sacks in 2014, then a year later ranked No. 1 in the state in points allowed and yards allowed, while finishing fourth in both rushing defense and sacks.
Brady later followed Tucker to LAVC in 2016, where he served as outside linebackers coach and co-defensive coordinator. The Monarch defense unit ranked fifth in California in total yards per game and tops in touchdowns allowed in Brady's lone season in Valley Glen. This success came one year after his stint with Team USA at the IFAF, for which he served as the defensive line coach.
Originally from Argonaut High School in Jackson, California, Brady is the fourth assistant named by Hawkins since the latter was named to the UC Davis helm on November 28, 2016.