Secondary coach named at ASU

Former Alabama State football player Roy Dawkins has been named secondary coach, ASU Head Football Coach Reggie Barlow announced today.

Dawkins was a four-year letterman and a three-year starter at defensive back for the Hornets from 1993-96, and was a teammate of Barlow's for three seasons in the Black and Gold.

"Roy and I go way back to when we played together and he has always been very competitive," Barlow said. "He is very knowledgeable about the game, always big on technique and will be a great addition to our staff."

Dick Brooks, who joined the staff as secondary coach in 2010, moves to coach the special teams units. Brooks replaces Greg Green, who left the program earlier this spring to take an academic advisor position at Alabama-Birmingham.

"He is an old school coach and is very experienced," Barlow said of Brooks. "I believe he would add to our special teams with his knowledge, enthusiasm and attention to detail."

Dawkins began his coaching career in the fall of 1997 as a student assistant at Alabama State. After graduating from ASU in 1999, he spent the past 12 seasons coaching in the high school and college ranks.  Dawkins coached three seasons at Central Haynesville High School in Haynesville, Ala., serving one season as defensive coordinator and defensive back coach (1999) before becoming head coach for two seasons(2000-01).

Dawkins spent the next three seasons in Montgomery, one as defensive back coach at Sidney Lanier High School (2002), and two at Huntingdon College (2003-04) in the same capacity.

After two seasons coaching defensive backs at Raines High School (2005-06) in Jacksonville, Fla., Dawkins coached four years at Northview High in Dothan, Ala. He mentored the defensive line for two seasons (2007-08) before spending the past two seasons as defensive coordinator/defensive back coach (2009-10).