Dawson Completes Grid Staff

  • By Mike Montoro
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  • January 05, 2011 03:09 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University has announced that Shannon Dawson has been hired as a member of the Mountaineer football coaching staff as the inside receivers coach.

Dawson is reunited with WVU’s newly appointed offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen as a member of the staff. When Dawson was a quarterback at Wingate in 1999, Holgorsen was the quarterbacks and receivers coach.

“Working at West Virginia University is a great opportunity for me,” Dawson said. “Morgantown is a beautiful place. Being able to work in a BCS conference and with coach Bill Stewart and coach Holgorsen really excites me and presents a great situation. I have known coach Holgorsen for a long time, and we’ve always talked about working together and this is the first time that the opportunity has presented itself. I can’t wait to get started.”

Dawson joins the WVU football coaching staff after serving as the offensive coordinator at Stephen F. Austin for the past three seasons. As the offensive leader of the Lumberjacks during that time, SFA compiled a 23-14 record, won two straight Southland Conference Championships (2009, 2010) and advanced to two straight NCAA FCS playoff appearances (2009, 2010).

In 2010, he guided the nation’s No. 1 passing offense (362.2) and No. 4 scoring offense (36.3), ranking No. 6 in total offense (442.9). The Lumberjacks led the Southland Conference in all three categories, as well as pass efficiency (137.23). SFA finished with a 9-3 overall record and made an appearance in the first round of the NCAA FCS playoffs, before its season ended against Villanova.

Quarterback Jeremy Moses, was a two-time All-American, the two-time Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Year and is currently one of three finalists for the Walter Payton Award, given to the Player of the Year in the NCAA FCS Division. He finished his career as the school and league’s all-time passer, setting records in completions (1,151), touchdown passes (121), passing yards (13,061) and total offense (12,853). Two of Dawson’s receivers earned All-American honors as well.

In 2009, his offensive squad led the nation in passing yards (343.7) and was No. 2 in total offense (468.9), No. 6 in scoring offense (34.9) and No. 10 in pass efficiency (147.8). The Lumberjacks led the Southland Conference in all four categories and was second in scoring offense. SFA finished with a 10-3 overall record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA FCS playoffs before the season ended against Montana.

Moses led the nation in touchdown passes (40), was third in passing yards (317.2), fourth in points responsible for (18.5) and fifth in total offense (320.5).

Before Dawson’s arrival in 2008, Stephen F. Austin averaged only 16 points per game and came off a winless season. In his first season, the Lumberjacks led the Southland Conference in passing offense (345.8) and were No. 3 in the nation. They also were nationally ranked No. 13 in total offense (415.7) and No. 14 in scoring offense (35.0).

Prior to his three-year stint with the Lumberjacks, Dawson served as the offensive coordinator at Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss., for two seasons. The Majors won back-to-back conference championships for the first time in school history, led by quarterback Juan Joseph, the two-time conference player of the year. Joseph signed with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League in 2009.

Dawson also served as the offensive graduate assistant at New Mexico State (2005), the running backs coach at Southeastern Louisiana (2004), offensive quality control coach at Southeastern Louisiana (2003) and the wide receivers coach at Wingate (2002).

Dawson earned his bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from Wingate in 2000.

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