The Arizona State Sun Devils announced today they hired USC graduate assistant Chris Hawkins as the new defensive backs coach. With Tony White’s promotion to defensive coordinator, the vacancy at the position coach needed to be filled.
In a statement from the school, head coach Herm Edwards had this to say about Hawkins:
“I am very excited to announce to appointment of Chris Hawkins as defensive backs coach at ASU. Chris impressed myself, Tony White, Antonio Pierce and Marvin Lewis as a young, up-and-coming coach who has a very bright future in our profession,” Edwards said. “Chris played the position at an elite level at USC and the young players in our secondary will benefit from his knowledge and experience. Chris will be instrumental in recruiting Southern California for us as well.”
Hawkins, 24, was a four-year cornerback at USC. He totaled four interceptions and over 200 tackles in his career. He graduated from USC after the 2017 season, after being out of football for a season he spent last year back with the Trojans working with the defense backs.
The hire appears to continue the culture for the Sun Devils attempt to recruit Southern California as their home base.