Tulane tabs Dawson as defensive line coach

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Byron Dawson heads to Tulane after seven seasons as head coach at Evangel.

New Green Wave defensive line coach comes to New Orleans following 17 years at Evangel Christian Academy in Shreveport, Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS – Tulane University football coach Willie Fritz announced Byron Dawson as the team’s new defensive line coach on Monday.

Dawson spent the last 15 years as the head coach/defensive coordinator/defensive line coach at Evangel Christian Academy in Shreveport, Louisiana. He led the Eagles to the 2016 Louisiana 5A Division 1 State Championship. Dawson’s team was named the No. 1 team in the state of Louisiana and the No. 48 team in the nation after the 2016 season. Following the 2016 season, Dawson was selected as the USA Today Louisiana Coach of the Year.

“I’ve been recruiting Byron’s high school for the past four years and I’ve been very impressed with the organization and structure of his program,” head coach Willie Fritz said. “He is an expert defensive line coach and I knew if we had an opening with our defensive line position, he would be the first person I would offer the job to.”

During Dawson’s tenure, Evangel Christian Academy reached the Louisiana State Championship five times (2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2016). He also earned the honor of AIM National Coach of the Year in 2017. In that same year, Dawson was named NFHS Louisiana Coach of the Year and McDonald’s Shreveport Times Sports team of the Year.

“I am honored and humbled to join the Green Wave football coaching staff,” Dawson said. “I have the utmost respect for Coach Fritz and the type of program that he has put together here at Tulane and I could not be more excited to get started. I also look forward to working for Coach Curtis and the rest of the defensive staff.”

Dawson earned All-District Coach of the Year every season from 2014-19. He received All-City Coach of the Year in Shreveport in 2015.

Dawson’s teams were always packed with talent at Evangel Christian Academy. Dawson developed three Army All-Americans in Jermauria Rasco, Jerry Tillery and Micah Baskerville. Tillery was also was selected in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Chargers. His program also produced the 2019 Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year in Ar’Darius Washington.

In college, Dawson was a four-year letterwinner on the defensive line at LSU. He recorded 86 tackles and four sacks as a Tiger. Dawson was coached by Nick Saban, Pete Jenkins, Will Muschamp, Karl Dunbar and Bo Davis during his time in Baton Rouge. The Tigers won the 2000 Peach Bowl, the 2001 Sugar Bowl and the 2001 SEC Championship with Dawson on the team.

Dawson earned his bachelor’s degree in general studies from LSU in 2002 and his graduate degree in 2003.

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