Jim Dawson has completed seven seasons as a Tigers assistant football coach. With his vast football knowedge, Coach Dawson is the senior defensive consultant and secondary coach. He formerly was the defensive coordinator.
Trinity was ranked second in the nation in Red Zone defense, third in rushing defense, seventh in third-down conversion percentage defense, 17th in total defense, and 19th in scoring defense in the 2015 campaign.
Coach Dawson served as the Tigers defensive backs coach during the 2009 season, became an assistant at Alamo Heights High School in 2010, and rejoined the Trinity staff in 2011. Coach Dawson has coached or coordinated offense, defense, and special teams. Through the years, he has coached numerous all-conference and All-American players, as well as 20-plus who continued on to the professional ranks.
At the collegiate level, Coach Dawson was an assistant coach at Southwest Texas State (now Texas State University-San Marcos) from 1979-1982, and 1997-2002, for a total of 10 seasons. He also coached at Texas A&I University (now Texas A&M University-Kingsville), Southern Utah, Eastern New Mexico, Texas Christian University, and the University of Colorado.
The versatile Coach Dawson has worked on national and state championship teams during his career, which includes all three levels in the NCAA (Division I, Division II, and Division III). He coached on the back-to-back NCAA Division II national championship teams at Southwest Texas in 1981 and 1982. Coach Dawson coached three years at Texas A&I), from 1992-1994. The Javelinas were in the playoffs each year, and advanced to the national championship game in 1994.
At the high school level, Coach Dawson provided his football expertise at Judson High School (Converse, TX) in the mid-1990s. Judson won the state championship in 1995, and advanced to the finals in 1996, as well. He served as defensive coordinator at San Antonio’s Warren High School from 2002-2008, and helped the Warriors become a consistent playoff program.
Coach Dawson earned Master of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Adams State College in Alamosa, (CO). He is a member of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), and the Texas High School Coaches Association (THSCA).
He is a single dad with two adult children, and resides in San Marcos, Texas.