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DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis Director of Athletics Kevin Blue named Aggie alumnus Dan Hawkins the head football coach at UC Davis on Monday evening. Hawkins will be introduced at a news conference on campus Tuesday morning.
Hawkins, who has also been 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 that includes building Boise State to elite status on the college football landscape and coaching 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," Blue said. "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.
After playing fullback (1981-82) for legendary head coach Jim Sochor as a first-generation college student, Hawkins went on to become an assistant coach for his mentor from 1983-85. That preceded a coaching career that began at Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento and later continued with a highly successful tenure (39-12-1) at NAIA Willamette (Ore.) from 1993-97.
After three seasons as an assistant coach at Boise State, Hawkins took over as head coach from 2001-05, helping direct the Broncos to national prominence. He compiled a 53-11 overall record, a 37-3 mark in the Western Athletic Conference and led the Broncos to four bowl games before being named head coach at Colorado, where he stayed from 2006-10.
Hawkins has also coached at College of the Siskiyous (1988-91), Sonoma State (1992) and in the CFL. Most recently, he led the United States to a gold medal at the 2015 IFAF World Championship.
"Dan Hawkins demonstrates an uncommon intellectual curiosity and shares our earnest commitment to the scholar-athlete ideal," Blue said. "Dan's 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."
UC Davis finished 3-8 in 2016.
An introductory news conference will be held at the Bruce Edwards Club Room at Aggie Stadium on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 10 a.m. The event is open to the public.