Jason Hawkins is in his second season as associate head coach for the Utes. Hawkins serves as the team's hitting coach. In his first season at Utah in 2015, the Utes were tied for second in the Pac-12 with 71 stolen bases. Utah's team batting average improved 19 points from 2014 (.252) and the team slugging percentage improved 42 points (.344). In addition, Utah had its highest on-base percentage since joining the Pac-12 (.343), scored its most runs since joining the Pac-12 (233) and had its most RBI in the Pac-12 era (212). Wyler Smith had the highest batting average of any Utah player in the Pac-12 era (.329). Hawkins previously spent three seasons at UC Santa Barbara, where he implemented and managed the offense and was responsible for skill development of all facets of the offense, catching and outfield play. He helped lead the team to two 30-win seasons. In 2013, the Gauchos earned an NCAA Regional berth for the first time since 2001.
Under Hawkins, the UCSB offense improved each year statistically in batting average, on-base percentage and stolen bases. The team led the Big West in stolen bases all three years. Six offensive players were drafted out of UCSB during his tenure. Utility player Joey Epperson earned first-team All-America honors in 2014.
Hawkins is in his 11th year as a coach at the collegiate level. Before joining UCSB he was the head coach at Occidental College from 2009-11. In three seasons, he improved Occidental's record from 16-24 his first year in 2009 to a 23-16 record in 2011. Occidental led the conference and ranked in the top 10 nationally in stolen bases all three seasons.
He spent four years as head assistant coach at the University of Redlands as infield and hitting coach and recruiting coordinator. Consistently one of the top teams in the league, Redlands led the SCIAC in batting average every year, setting a new school record in 2008 with a .363 team average. Redlands ranked first in the NCAA in double plays per game in 2007, while ranking seventh in the country in stolen bases.
Hawkins also spent two years with the Palm Springs Power in the Southern California Collegiate summer league (2006-07), helping them to back-to-back league titles. He was a pitching coach for the Corvallis Knights in the West Coast Collegiate summer league in 2008. The Knights finished first in the West division and won the WCL championship.
Before joining the college ranks, Hawkins was a head coach at Desert Hot Springs High School in California (1999-2004) and Springfield High School in Oregon (1995-96) and also served as an assistant coach at North Eugene High School in Oregon (1997-98).
Hawkins received a bachelor's degree in English and history from Western Oregon State in 1995, and earned a master's in teaching with an emphasis in English from Pacific University in 1998. Hawkins and his wife Angela have two children, nine-year-old Will and eight-year-old Cal.