Will pursue opportunities outside of football
Mike Dawson is entering his second year on the BC staff as special teams coach.
In 2009, Dawson coached place-kicker Steve Aponavicius, who became BC's all-time scoring leader with 290 points. Aponavicius also ranks first all-time in field goal percentage (.734) and extra points made (149) and is second in field goals. The Eagles led the ACC in field goal percentage (.929) and were 39-40 in PAT kicking. Punter Ryan Quigley became an All-ACC honorable mention performer with 11 punts of 50 or more yards. Quigley pinned the opponent inside the 20-yard-line 23 times, which ranked second in the ACC.
Despite being picked to finish last in the ACC's Atlantic Division in preseason media voting, the 2009 Eagles finished with an 8-5 record, came within one win of playing in a third consecutive ACC Championship Game, and played in a bowl game for a school-record 11th consecutive season.
Before coming to BC, Dawson spent three seasons coaching the linebackers at Akron and has a total of 12 years of experience on the sidelines. During his time at Akron, Brion Stokes led the Zips in tackles in 2007, while Kevin Grant was third. Stokes, who ranked among the MAC top 10 in both tackles for loss (14.5) and sacks (5.5), was a second team All-Mid-American Conference pick as he finished his career with 38.5 TFL, second on the Akron all-time list. Grant was a third team All-MAC pick.
Dawson was an assistant at the University of New Hampshire for the previous six years where he served on both sides of the ball, including his final two seasons as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. He spent his second season at UNH in charge of the offensive line. In 2005, UNH was one of the top-ranked ranked teams in FCS and advanced to the national quarterfinals. Dawson spearheaded one of the top defenses in the country in 2005, as the Wildcats ranked 35th nationally in scoring defense (22.23 ppg) and led the nation in takeaways (45). UNH was also second in the Atlantic 10 in sacks (34) during the 2005 campaign. The Wildcats were co-champions of the A-10 that season for the first time since 1994 and posted a record of 21-5 from 2004-05.
A three-year starter at linebacker and defensive end at the University of Massachusetts, Dawson began his career as a defensive line coach at UMass-Lowell in the spring of 1998. He returned to his alma mater in the spring of 1999 before spending that fall as a graduate assistant at Pittsburgh.
Dawson also gained coaching experience on the defensive side of the ball at the University of Maine from July 1998 through March 1999. He graduated from UMass-Amherst in 1997 with a degree in sports management.
Dawson is married to the former Jodi Walters, who was an all-conference swimmer at UMass-Amherst. The couple has a son, Frankie, born in October of 2007.