by Charlie O. Mallonee
Thomas Wolfe may have been wrong when he said, “You can’t go home again.” Dan Hawkins is coming home to UC Davis to become the 17th head football coach in the history of the program.
Hawkins will be officially introduced at a press conference on Tuesday at 10 a.m. by UC Davis Director of Athletics Kevin Blue.
“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.”
Hawkins played fullback for UC Davis under head coach Jim Sochor in 1981-82. Hawkins stayed on with the Aggies football program as an assistant coach from 1983-85.
Hawkins is best known for his time as head coach at Boise State (2001-05). He took a little known program to national prominence in the Western Athletic Conference. The Broncos compiled a 53-11 record and played in four bowl games under Hawkins leadership.
Hawkins left Boise State in 2006 to take the head coaching position at Colorado where stayed until 2010. After leaving Colorado, he worked for ESPN and in the Canadian Football League.
Hawkins started his head coaching career in Sacramento at Christian Brothers High School. He was also head coach of NAIA Willamette in Oregon.
UC Davis plays in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Series as member of the Big Sky Conference.
Information supplied by UC Davis Sports Information contributed to this report