San Jose State Hires Utah Assistant Hawkins As Head Coach

Jason Hawkins, the associate head coach at Utah the past two years and and a former assistant coach at UC Santa Barbara, was named head coach at San Jose State, replacing the fired Dave Nakama.

Hawkins, who turns 45 on July 23, reportedly got a four-year contract, financial terms of which were not disclosed. Hawkins helped lead the Utes to the school’s first Pac-12 baseball title and the first regional appearance in seven years. He was also an assistant when UC Santa Barbara reached the regionals in 2013.

“First, I want to thank San Jose State for the opportunity to be its head baseball coach. I always wanted to be a head coach at the Division I level. I’m passionate about the opportunity to guide and lead a program,” Hawkins said in a news release. “San Jose State can be a successful program. Getting people to believe is a big part of that. We can get things going and I am excited about getting started.

“(On the field) We want to be versatile, recognize weaknesses and seize opportunities. We want tough, and what I mean by ‘tough’ are disciplined and consistent, young men who are passionate about baseball and want to get better every day.”

Hawkins, an Oregon native, began his coaching career at Springfield (Ore.) High School in 1995. He also coached at North Eugene High in Eugene, Ore., and at Desert Hot Springs (Calif.) High, and coached in junior college at the Redlands (Calif.) and Occidental (Calif.) from 2009-11.

School Departures Arrivals
Alabama Mitch Gaspard Greg Goff
Alabama State Mervyl Melendez
Appalachian State Billy Jones
Army Matt Reid Jim Foster
Butler Steve Farley Dave Schrage
Central Florida Terry Rooney
Florida International Turtle Thomas Mervyl Melendez
Furman Ron Smith Brett Harker
Jacksonville Tim Montez Chris Hayes
Kentucky Gary Henderson Nick Mingione
Lamar Jim Gilligan (ret.) Will Davis
Liberty Jim Toman
Louisiana Tech Greg Goff Lane Burroughs
Missouri Tim Jamieson Steve Bieser
Northwestern State Lane Burroughs Bobby Barbier
Purdue Doug Schreiber Mark Wasikowski
San Jose State Dave Nakama Jason Hawkins
SIU-Edwardsville Tony Stoecklin Sean Lyons
Texas Augie Garrido David Pierce
Tulane David Pierce
Villanova Joe Godri
Youngstown State Steve Gillispie Dan Bertolini

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