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Dan Hawkins

Dan Hawkins
Hawkins in April 2007
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1960-11-10) November 10, 1960
Fall River Mills, California
Playing career
1978–1980 Siskiyous CC
1981–1982 UC Davis
Position(s) Fullback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1983–1985 UC Davis (assistant)
1986–1987 Christian Bros. HS (CA)
1988–1991 Siskiyous CC (OC)
1992 Sonoma State (DC)
1993–1997 Willamette
1998–2000 Boise State (assistant)
2001–2005 Boise State
2006–2010 Colorado
2013 Montreal Alouettes
2015 United States national team
Head coaching record
Overall 112–61–1 (college)
Bowls 2–3
Tournaments 4–2 (NAIA playoffs)
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
3 NWC (1995–1997)
4 WAC (2002–2005)
2x WAC Coach of the Year

Danny Clarence "Dan" Hawkins (born November 10, 1960) is the former head coach of the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. He was a sportscaster for ESPN and former American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Willamette University, Boise State University, and the University of Colorado, compiling a career college football record of 112–61–1. Hawkins was a studio analyst for college football with ESPN.[1]


  • Education and early positions 1
  • Head coaching career 2
    • Willamette 2.1
    • Boise State 2.2
    • Colorado 2.3
    • Broadcasting 2.4
    • Montreal Alouettes 2.5
    • US national team 2.6
  • Personal life 3
  • Head coaching record 4
    • College 4.1
    • CFL 4.2
  • Notes 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Education and early positions

Danny Clarence Hawkins grew up in Bieber, California, in the northeast corner of the state. [2] He attended junior college at College of the Siskiyous in Weed and transferred to UC Davis, where he played fullback,[1] and earned a bachelor's degree in physical education in 1984. He later completed a master’s degree in educational administration from St. Mary's College in 1993.

He began his coaching career at UC Davis under coach Jim Sochor the fall before he graduated, spending three years there (1983–1985). He then served as head coach at Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento for the 1986 and 1987 seasons. He spent four seasons (1988–1991) as the offensive coordinator at the College of the Siskiyous, then served as defensive coordinator at Sonoma State in 1992.

Head coaching career


In 1993, Hawkins became the head coach at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, and led the Bearcats to a 40–11–1 overall record (.779) in five seasons. In his final season Willamette was 13–1, falling 14–7 in the 1997 NAIA Division II National Championship Game.

Boise State

Hawkins moved up to Bob Pruett had more total wins in their first five years of head coaching. He holds a 31–game WAC winning streak, the longest in conference history.[3] One of his first hires at Boise State was Chris Petersen as his offensive coordinator; Petersen was a quarterback at UC Davis while Hawkins was an assistant coach, and was the wide receivers coach at Oregon under head coach Mike Bellotti. Petersen succeeded Hawkins as head coach following the 2005 season, when Hawkins departed for Colorado.


Hawkins was introduced as head football coach at the University of Colorado on December 16, 2005.[4] Hawkins was signed to a five-year contract paying him $900,000 annually with incentives totaling to $1.5 million.[5] Hawkins took over the Colorado football program from Gary Barnett, who had spent some of his tenure mired in controversy.

Hawkins earned national attention in February 2007 during the National Signing Day press conference. He passionately expressed his disappointment in the attitude of a player's parent who had anonymously complained about the reduction in the players' time off before the summer conditioning program started, famously saying "It's Division I football! It's the Big 12! It ain't intramurals! You've got two weeks after finals. You've got a week at July 4th. You've got a week before camp starts. That's a month! That's probably more vacation than you guys (reporters) get. And we're a little bummed out that we don't get three weeks? Go play intramurals, brother. Go play intramurals."[6]

Prior to the 2009 season, Hawkins, under fire for his performance at Colorado thus far, publicly pledged "ten wins no excuses". The team ended that year with a 3–9 record. On November 26, 2009, Colorado athletic director Mike Bohn announced that Hawkins would return as head football coach for the 2010 season, despite an overall record at Colorado of 16–33.

On November 6, 2010, Colorado blew a 28-point fourth quarter lead over the Kansas Jayhawks and lost, 52–45, the biggest collapse in the 121-year history of Colorado football.[7] While still nursing that large lead in the fourth quarter, Hawkins continued to have his team throw the ball on offense instead of running it, allowing Kansas time to mount its comeback. There has been widespread suspicion Hawkins made that choice because he was more concerned about his quarterback, son Cody, breaking the school's all-time passing record than winning the game.[8]

After the Kansas loss, Hawkins was criticized for cutting his contractually-obligated post-game interview with radio station KOA short after just two questions and 27 seconds. After the interviewer asked him why Colorado didn't run the ball more to protect their shrinking lead, he dismissively replied, "We were playing football moving it both ways. A tough day. Thanks, guys."[9]

As it turned out, it would be the last game Hawkins would coach at Colorado. He was fired on November 9, 2010.[10] He was making approximately $1.5 million a year including incentives and base salary; his buyout was approximately $2 million.[7] Longtime assistant Brian Cabral finished out the season.


Hawkins spent the 2011 and the 2012 football seasons as a College Football studio analyst for ESPN.

Montreal Alouettes

On February 19, 2013, Hawkins was named the new head coach of the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.[11] On June 27, 2013, Hawkins won his first game as Alouettes head coach, defeating the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in Winnipeg. On August 1, 2013, he was fired by the team after starting the season 2–3. He was replaced by the general manager Jim Popp.[12]

US national team

Hawkins coached the 2015 United States national American football team at the 2015 IFAF World Championship to a gold medal.[13]

Personal life

Hawkins is married to Misti Rae Ann Hokanson, a registered nurse. They are the parents of four grown children, daughters Ashley and Brittany, and sons Cody[14] and Drew, former Boise state quarterback.[15]

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Willamette Bearcats (Northwest Conference) (1993–1997)
1993 Willamette 5–4 3–2
1994 Willamette 7–2 4–1 2nd
1995 Willamette 6–2–1 4–0–1 1st
1996 Willamette 9–2 5–0 1st L NAIA Division II Quarterfinal
1997 Willamette 13–1 5–0 1st L NAIA Division II Championship
Willamette: 40–11–1 21–3–1
Boise State Broncos (Western Athletic Conference) (2001–2005)
2001 Boise State 8–4 6–2 2nd
2002 Boise State 12–1 8–0 1st W Humanitarian 12 15
2003 Boise State 13–1 8–0 1st W Fort Worth 15 16
2004 Boise State 11–1 8–0 1st L Liberty 13 12
2005 Boise State 9–4 7–1 T–1st L MPC Computers
Boise State: 53–11 37–3
Colorado Buffaloes (Big 12 Conference) (2006–2010)
2006 Colorado 2–10 2–6 5th (North)
2007 Colorado 6–7 4–4 3rd (North) L Independence
2008 Colorado 5–7 2–6 T–4th (North)
2009 Colorado 3–9 2–6 5th (North)
2010 Colorado 3–6[n 1] 0–5[n 1] 5th (North)
Colorado: 19–39 10–27
Total: 112–61–1
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.


Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Result
MTL 2013 2 3 0 0.400 fired mid-season fired mid-season
Total 2 3 0 0.400 0 0


  1. ^ a b Hawkins was fired after nine games. Brian Cabral coached the final three games of the season.


  1. ^ a b ESPN Media – profile – Dan Hawkins – 2011-09-12 – accessed 2011-10-16
  2. ^ – Dan Hawkins and the power of positive thinking – September 2008 – accessed 2012-06-07
  3. ^ "2006 Colorado football season". 2006. Retrieved 2007-03-05. 
  4. ^ "Colorado introduces Hawkins as head coach". 2006-12-19. Retrieved 2007-03-05. 
  5. ^ "Employment Agreement Between Dan Hawkins and The Regents of the University of Colorado" (PDF). USA Today. 2006-06-30. Retrieved 2007-03-05. 
  6. ^ "Hawkins' rant getting plenty of air time".  
  7. ^ a b
  8. ^ Krieger, Dave (2010-11-08). "Krieger: Suspicion infects CU football program". Denver Post. 
  9. ^ Saunders, Dusty (2010-11-08). "Dusty Saunders: Dungy's quiet style cuts through noise". Denver Post. 
  10. ^ "Reports: Dan Hawkins out at Colorado". 2010-11-09. Retrieved 2010-11-09. 
  11. ^ Hawkins announced as head coach of the Alouettes
  12. ^ Florio, Mike (August 1, 2013). "Popp fires Trestman’s replacement, hires himself". 
  13. ^ "Mount Union QB Kevin Burke among players selected to play for U.S. National Team in summer World Championships". Cleveland, Ohio: Cleveland Plain Dealer. June 2, 2015. Archived from the original on June 3, 2015. Retrieved June 3, 2015. 
  14. ^ [2]
  15. ^ Bishop Kelly Football Article

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