USA 7s captain Matt Hawkins has signed on as the new head coach of the San Diego State University rugby program.
Hawkins, who will continue to be available for the USA 7s team, will lead the team into the new DI Pacific Mountain West Conference.
"It's a great opportunity," Hawkins told RUGBYMag.com. "Things have been tough work-wise for me, as I have been playing 7s. I have worked with the San Diego State program before, and they're a great group of guys. I got a chance to meet with the players and alumni, and when this opportunity arose, it seemed a good fit."
Hawkins said a big selling point for both sides was the fact he lives in San Diego already. He will continue to play 7s for the USA team whenever selected, and added that the team was comfortable with that. Hawkins will not a miss a lot of Aztec games while on USA assembly, but will also bring in assistant Rich Walker to work with him and keep things on an even keel when he is away.
"He is someone I respect and trust and he's going to be great to work with," Hawkins said.
University of San Diego coach Jim Wilson, who is also head of the Pacific Mountain West Conference, was pleased with the appointment.
"I can tell you that as the Pacific Mountain West Rugby Conference Commissioner I am very excited that Matt will be leading SDSU in this year’s competition," he told RUGBYMag.com.