DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis football's coaching staff experienced two changes, as announced by head coach Dan Hawkins on Monday. Former wide receivers coach Burl Toler III will return to his alma mater as Cal's new running backs coach; joining the Aggies as their new wide receivers coach is Cody Hawkins.
Thanks to new NCAA legislation, Football Bowl Subdivision schools are now able to add one more coach to their football staff. Toler, who competed for the Golden Bears from 2001-04, began his coaching career at Cal as its quality control, special teams, wide receivers and running backs coach from 2013-15.
"I am thankful to Director of Athletics Kevin Blue, Coach Hawkins and the entire Aggie family for giving me an opportunity to experience this special place. Uncommon individuals, led by incredible coaches with a clear vision, are heading in the right direction," said Toler.
"Burl is a great person and coach. We are sad to see him go, but are excited for his transition back to his alma mater," said D. Hawkins.
Cal head coach Justin Wilcox is a former Boise State graduate assistant who began his career as a member of D. Hawkins' staff.
Also announced on Monday was the addition of former Team USA offensive coordinator, and Ohio State wide receivers coach C. Hawkins as the Aggies' new wide receivers coach.
C. Hawkins 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 C. 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.
"Coach Cody Hawkins is a bright young mind and is an integral addition to UC Davis' coaching staff," added Toler.
Last season, 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.
"We are fortunate that Cody and Burl worked together with the wide receivers this past year, which will provide a smooth transition as we enter the 2018 season," said D. Hawkins.
C. Hawkins, who possesses coaching experience at the youth, high school, collegiate, international and professional levels, joined UC Davis football 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 C. Hawkins' career as its offensive coordinator.
Prior to his tenure with the National Team, C. 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 the program's first playoff appearance in seven years by running a new offensive system that 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, C. 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.
C. 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 C. Hawkins' opportunity at Ohio State.
As an elite quarterback himself, C. 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.
Said current UC Davis offensive coordinator Tim Plough, "In coaching, when you experience success, other opportunities will present themselves. That has happened for Burl, and we are all thrilled for him and his family. Burl is a tremendous person and did a great job developing our wide receiver group.
"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."
Cody Hawkins - Coaching History
2017: UC Davis - Quality Control
2016: Los Angeles Valley College - Offensive Coordinator, Quarterbacks Coach
2015: USA Football - Offensive Coordinator
2015: Westview High School - Offensive Coordinator
2014: Ohio State University - Offensive Graduate Assistant
2012-16: Elite 11/The Opening - Quarterback Coach
2012: Bishop Kelly High School - Quarterback Coach
2011: Stockholm Mean Machines - Offensive Coordinator, Quarterbacks Coach
Awards and Special Recognition
2016: American Pacific Conference Champions
2015: Voted to USA Football Board of Directors
2015: Gold Medalist, IFAF World Championships (Team USA Offensive Coordinator)
2013: The Opening 7v7 Champion, Team Field Generals (Assistant Coach)
2011: Gold Medalist, First-Team QB, National Team Captain, IFAF World Championships
2010: Academic All-Big 12 First Team
2010: Recipient of the Kordell Stewart Career Achievement Award (all-time leader in TDs and passing yards)
2009 and 2010: Recipient of the Eddie Crowder Award for outstanding leadership
2007, 2008 and 2010: Recipient of CU's Derek Singleton Award for Leadership, Enthusiasm & Dedication
2005, 2006: Idaho High School Football Gatorade Player of the Year while compiling a 40-0 record as a starter