Hawkins tied for the University Division 1-A Region 4 honor with University of Oklahoma head football coach Bob Stoops. Tuesday's announcement marks the second time in his head coaching career Hawkins has received a regional award from the AFCA. In 1997 he was name the University Division II (NCAA Division II and NAIA) Region 5 Coach of the Year when he led Willamette (Ore.) University to an overall record of 13-1 and a runner-up finish for the NAIA National Championship.
In just his second season directing the Bronco football program, Hawkins guided Boise State to an overall record of 11-1 and national rankings in both major college top 25 polls. The Broncos are currently ranked 15th in this week's ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll, and 19th in the Associated Press Poll.
Boise State went undefeated during the 2002 WAC season at 8-0. The Broncos' margin of victory in their eight league games was 37.2 points-per-game establishing a new WAC record for the largest margin of victory record at Boise State is 19-5 for the 79.2 winning percentage. His overall intercollegiate record as a head coach is 59-16-1 for a 78-3 winning percentage. Hawkins was the head coach at Willamette from 1993-1997 where his overall record was 40-11-1 for a 77.9 winning percentage.
In 1998 Hawkins joined the Bronco coaching staff as the assistant head coach, tight end coach and recruiting coordinator to then Bronco head coach Dirk Koetter. Hawkins was named Boise State's head football coach in December of 2000 when Koetter resigned to take over the head coaching position at Arizona State University.
Hawkins, and this year's Bronco team, will close out its season on Dec. 31 in the Crucial.com/Humanitarian Bowl. Boise State is scheduled to play a representative from the Big 12 Conference in the game that is scheduled for a 10:00 a.m. kickoff at Bronco Stadium. Boise State's opponent is expected to be announced either later this week, or early next week.
Note: Coach Hawkins recently did a photoshoot with Bodybuilding.com!