Uncommon Engineering Ep. 9 - Head football coach Dan Hawkins with NFL kicker/philanthropist Rolf Benirschke
Aggie Overtime – The Inside Scoop on UC Davis Athletics
For our latest episode, we turn to another Aggie legend: Rolf Benirschke. Although best known as a San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame placekicker, Benirschke has carried numerous descriptions in his lifetime – zoology student, athlete, philanthropist, motivational speaker, author, advocate, even game show host. However, one word best sums up every aspect of his life: inspirational. An outstanding two-sport athlete at UC Davis, Benirschke was drafted into the NFL in 1977, and traded to the San Diego Chargers. Early in his pro career, he was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and underwent surgery that resulted in his being fitted with two ostomy appliances. He initially feared that his budding career was over, and that his lifestyle would forever be changed for the worse. Through a combination of hard work and his faith, Benirschke “chose better, not bitter” and worked his way back onto the football field in time for the 1980 season. Over the course of his career, he scored 766 points – a Charger record at the time.During and after his NFL career, Benirschke also exhibited a charitable side that once earned him the NFL Man of the Year Award. He launched an event called Kicks For Critters, later known as the Celebration For The Critters, which has raised millions for the San Diego Kool. Benirschke became an ambassador for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America and founded Great Comebacks, each of which provide encouragement and support for others who underwent the same ostomy surgery that saved his life years before. He also launched the Rolf Benirschke Legacy Golf Invitational charity event, which even has an award named for legendary Aggie coach Jim Sochor. More than four decades after his surgery, Benirschke continues to inspire and motivate with his message about “the power of the human spirit.”
Uncommon Engineering Episode # 1: Head Coach Dan Hawkins Interviews expeditioners Brad and Tonya Clement
Aggie Overtime – The Inside Scoop on UC Davis Athletics
Uncommon Engineering is a journey – a journey that will take you through sport and beyond, celebrating all the extraordinary experiences life has to offer. Host Dan Hawkins, head football coach at UC Davis, will help tell these stories through his unique lens. “Coach Hawk” is a husband of nearly 40 years, a father to four, grandfather to nine, an educator, and a seeker of global experiences. Hawkins frequently references the Hero’s Journey and quality balance of life as metaphors for our existence. This philosophy rests near the core of the UC Davis Aggie football experience. This forum is meant to inspire, motivate, and educate others to reach beyond the boundaries of our being and achieve the best version of ourselves.
September 27, 2019 Hour 1: UC Davis Head Coach Dan Hawkins
Blackfoot's hosted voice solution - Ergo - is a secure, scalable, state-of-the-art solution with 24/7 local account management and support.Learn more at GoBlackfoot.com/VoiceRyan Tootell and Colter Nuanez are joined by UC Davis head football coach Dan Hawkins (11:43). Ryan also went down to practice this week to interview Montana head football coach Bobby Hauck (7:47). Ryan and Colter also spent time with the Mattress Firm Student of the Week (39:45) and The Chick Who Doesn't Know Sports (44:56).
Ep 38- Coach Dan Hawkins- A White Hot Vision Of Mental Toughness
15 Minutes of Mental Toughness
“Coach Hawk” is currently in his third year as the Head Football Coach of UC Davis. Dan guided the FCS program to the 2018 Big Sky Championship and the program to its first ever FCS playoff appearance, making it to the national quarterfinals. He was awarded the both the 2018 Big Sky coach of the year, and the 2018 Eddie Robinson FCS national coach of the year. A veteran American Football coach of over 35 years, he has coached at every level of gridiron from youth through professional American football. After Boise State Hawk had stints as a head Coach at the University of Colorado, and professionally with the Montreal Alouettes in the CFL. Coach Hawk also served years as a color analyst for ESPN college football, traveling the country commentating, watching, learning, and evaluating many American football programs. He is proud of his 37 years of marriage to his soul mate Misti, his four adult children, and his spectacular eight grandchildren, all under 10. Hawk has climbed to Everest Base Camp, walked the 750 km Camino de Santiago in Spain, swam with the great white sharks and whale sharks, and skydived. Dan Hawkins table of contents 4:05 Dan shares the mental toughness required of a coach. 5:51 “Must be able to keep your feet on the fire.” 7:20 “Being open to learning.” How Dan has changed through years of coaching. 8:53 Dan notes how the world of football has shifted throughout the years. 10:40 The importance of leaving our comfort zones. 11:32 Dan shares his skydiving visualization. 17:37 Dan reflects on how a job setback benefited him in the long run. 18:14 Dan describes how he overcame a difficult time in his career. 19:50 Questions Dan asked himself to move forward. 22:58 Dan on advice he would give to other coaches. 26:11 “It’s all about raising the bar.” 27:05 How Dan is able to make adjustments along his route toward success. 30:30 Dan shares his thoughts on specific game strategies. 32:06 “It’s about playing to win.” 33:27 How his athletes play with high energy the entire game. 35:58 Dan highlights the importance of positive feedback in coaching. 37:06 Dan describes his hinge moment. 41:06 Dan shares how he uses his setbacks as a way to guide his athletes through difficult situations. 43:12 The role that parents play in an athletes’ development. 46:19 How he works with parents on being the best support for their kids. 49:05 When Dan learned to come up with his own solutions to the problems he faced. 51:03 “Life’s not fair and neither is football.” 53:07 Dan’s ultimate advice to parents on failures in sport. 56:03 Dan shares what drives him the most, and what defines a winner. 59:25 Winning a championship is about the process, not the outcome. 1:01:35 “Why don’t you just become the Super Bowl?” 1:02:27 Dan notes how crucial it is to get the best out of each other. 1:04:17 “Everybody wants a sense of power.” 1:07:20 Dan shares a story on ensuring his players have a high sense of competency. 1:08:38 “It’s about culture over scheme, and it starts with relationships.” 1:10:43 The question Dan always asks his players. Join The Mental Toughness Newsletter and TEXT DRROBBELL to 33444 ENTER DRROBBBELL at Getsom.com for 15% off. If you enjoyed this episode on Mental Toughness, please subscribe on itunes and leave a review Dr. Rob Bell drrobbell.com