Dan Hawkins joined ESPN for the start of the 2011 college football season as an analyst. During the 2010 season, Hawkins was a guest on select ESPNU studio shows including The Experts.
Hawkins was named the head coach at the University of Colorado on December 16, 2005, and spent five seasons with the Buffalos.
Having spent 1993-97 at Willamette University as head coach, Hawkins became the assistant head coach at Boise State under Dirk Koetter for three seasons before taking over as head coach in 2001. In five seasons, Hawkins held a 53-11 overall record and led the team to three out-right and one shared WAC Championship title and to four straight bowl games from 2002-05. In the modern history of Division I-A football, only Bob Pruett (Marshall, 59-9), Bob Stoops (Oklahoma, 55-11) and Pete Carroll (USC, 54-10) won more games in their first five seasons than Hawkins’ 53 at Boise State. Hawkins was the 2004 Region 4 AFCA Coach of the Year.
Hawkins spent time as both an offensive and defensive coordinator before taking over as head coach at Willamette from 1993-97. Under his guidance, Willamette went 39-12-1 and was a runner-up for the NAIA National Championship in 1997 and was voted the 1997 District Five AFCA Coach of the Year.
Hawkins played fullback at College of the Siskiyous from 1978-80 and for University of California-Davis as a senior where he was part of the Aggies NCAA Division II runner-up team and NCAA record program of 20 straight conference championships. He began his coaching career at his alma mater under College Football Hall of Fame coach Jim Socher the fall before he graduated, and stayed for three years (1983-85).
Prior to Willamette, Hawkins was the head coach at Christian Brothers High School in Sacremento and led the Falcons to a city championship in 1986. Hawkins was the offensive coordinator at Siskiyous from 1998-1991, helping the team to a conference championship in 1991. He also spent one season as the defensive coordinator at Sonoma State under Tim Walsh in 1992.
A native of Bieber, Calif., Hawkins graduated from UC-Davis in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education. He earned a master’s degree in educational administration in 1993 from St. Mary’s College.