Dan Hawkins Returns To Roots As New Head Coach At UC Davis

Dan Hawkins, former head coach at Willamette University, Boise State as well as the University of Colorado and the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL, has been signed by his alma mater, University of California, Davis, as their new head coach.

International veteran

The 56 year old Hawkins, a Bieber, California native, who has also worked as an ESPN analyst, was head coach of the gold medal winning Team USA at the 2015 IFAF World championships, offensive coordinator of the double gold medal winning Carlstad Crusaders of Sweden and offensive coordinator one of Austria’s top teams the Vienna Vikings (2016).

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Hawkins played for the UC Davis Aggies in the early 1980s and was an assistant there from 1983-85.

Kevin Blue, UC Davis Athletic Director:

“Dan Hawkins demonstrates an uncommon intellectual curiosity and shares our earnest commitment to the scholar-athlete ideal. 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.”

Hawkins, who has gained a global following after running football camps in Australia and Europe as well as coaching internationally, was clearly happy:

“This is a tremendous opportunity, right time and place. UC Davis is committed to success in athletics and football. A great university with a worldwide reputation of academic excellence, that wants to match the same level of success in football. Bringing the Bring it on Sports of Australia, Carlstad Crusaders, and Vienna Vikings back to the States. We will still continue to spread our knowledge and love of American football to all of our wonderful friends and partners across the world. Thanks to Roger Kelly and American Football International for promoting football on a global level. GO AGS!”


Roger Kelly is an editor and a writer for AFI. A former PR Director the B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football League for 7 years, he now lives in Sweden writing about and scouting American Football throughout the world.