MIKE DAWSON NAMED DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR FOR UNH FOOTBALL PROGRAM

DURHAM, N.H.-- Mike Dawson, formerly the University of New Hampshire football team's assistant coach in charge of linebackers, has been promoted to the position of Defensive Coordinator. The announcement was made today by sixth-year head coach Sean McDonnell.

"Mike is an outstanding young football coach," said McDonnell. "He had an opportunity this past season to run our defense and much of the improvements in the second half of 2003 were mainly due to his presence."

Dawson enters his fifth season as a UNH assistant coach. Last season, he moved back to linebackers following a short stint coaching the offensive line in 2002. Dawson previously mentored Brett Bashaw, who led UNH in tackles for two seasons and was named All-Atlantic 10 and All-New England.

An offensive graduate assistant football coach at Pitt in 1999, Dawson worked primarily with the offensive line during his time with the Panthers.

From March 1999 to August 1999, Dawson was an offensive assistant coach at the University of Massachusetts.

Dawson also gained coaching experience on the defensive side of the ball at the University of Maine from July 1998 through March 1999. While with the Black Bears, he was responsible for the on-field coaching of the defensive line.

Dawson began his collegiate coach career at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, where he also worked as the defensive line coach.

A 1997 graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a bachelor of arts degree in sports management, Dawson was a three-year defensive starter for the Minutemen and was a tri-captain for the squad in 1997. He then went on to the University of Pittsburgh where he was in the process of earning his Master's Degree in higher education. Mike and is wife, Jodi, reside in Portsmouth, N.H.

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