Alouettes to name Dan Hawkins new head coach
Montreal holding news conference Tuesday morning
The Montreal Alouettes have settled on Marc Trestman's successor as head coach.
The Alouettes have scheduled a news conference Tuesday morning when they're expected to announce the appointment of Dan Hawkins as their new head coach.
Hawkins would take over for Trestman, who was hired as the Chicago Bears' head coach last month following five seasons with Montreal. Over that time, Trestman led the Alouettes to consecutive Grey Cup titles (2009-'10) and was named the CFL's coach of the year in '09.
The 52-year-old Hawkins is hardly a household name to Canadian football fans, having no previous CFL head-coaching experience. But the Alouettes certainly raised eyebrows in 2008 when they hired Trestman as their head coach.
While the 57-year-old American arrived with a impressive coaching resume — 17 seasons as an NFL assistant and time coaching in the NCAA — he was assuming his first head coaching position with no previous CFL experience.
But Trestman arrived with a reputation for being an offensive guru and quarterback technician and immediately meshed with veteran Anthony Calvillo. Under Trestman, the Alouettes posted a 59-31 regular-season record and appeared in three Grey Cups, winning two. In 2009, Trestman was named the CFL's coach of the year.
Calvillo flourished under Trestman's offensive guidance. The 40-year-old Los Angeles native posted consecutive 5,000-yard passing seasons, captured two Grey Cups and two CFL outstanding player awards and was named a league all-star three times.
Calvillo, pro football's career passing leader with 78,494 yards, has stated he will play for Montreal in 2013.
That would be good news for Hawkins, who does have head-coaching experience at the NCAA level with Boise State (2001-05) and Colorado (2006-'10). While he was just 19-39 at Colorado, Hawkins was 53-11 at Boise State and boasts an overall head-coaching record of 112-61-1.
Hawkins also served as the head coach at Willamette University in Salem, Ore., leading the Bearcats to a 40—11—1 overall record over five seasons. The school was 13-1 in 1997 — Hawkins' final season there — and the team made the school's only appearance in a national championship, losing to 14-7 to the University of Findlay in the NAIA title game.
The following year, Hawkins went to Boise State as an assistant coach under Dirk Koetter — currently the Atlanta Falcons offensive co-ordinator — for three seasons before taking over as head coach in 2001. Hawkins was fired by the University of Colorado on Nov. 9, 2010 and is currently a studio analyst for U.S. college football with ESPN.