Jim Dawson is in his eighth season as a Tigers assistant football coach. With his extensive football knowledge and experience, 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, 17th in total defense, and 19th in scoring defense in the 2015 campaign.
Coach Dawson served as the defensive backs coach during the 2009 season, became an assistant at San Antonio‘s 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 University (now Texas State University) 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 University, Eastern New Mexico University, 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, Texas) 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 (CO) College. He is a member of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and the Texas High School Coaches Association (THSCA). Coach Dawson is a single dad with two adult children, and resides in San Marcos, Texas.