Andrew Hawken, former three-year starting fullback at Michigan State University, has been hired as offensive coordinator for the Hope College football team.
The 30-year-old Hawken joins the Flying Dutchmen coaching staff after spending the past two seasons as a graduate assistant at Michigan State while earning a master's degree in kinesiology.
Hawken will be a difference maker for Hope, head coach Peter Stuursma said.
"Andrew brings a tremendous level of experience, knowledge, expertise, and is a proven recruiter," Stuursma said. "He will have instant buy in from our players because he has played and coached at the highest level. We are very fortunate to have him mentoring our young men. He is a winner."
Hawken said he is excited to join the Hope College football program.
"Hope has been in my family for three generations, and now I have an opportunity to be a part of it," Hawken said. "I believe in what Hope stands for as well as what Coach Stuursma is building through the football program. I plan on contributing to furthering the success and great tradition of Hope College Football. I look forward to getting started. GO HOPE!"
At Michigan State, Hawken worked with co-offensive coordinator Dave Warner coaching running backs and fullbacks.
The Spartans claimed Big Ten division and conference titles in 2015. They played in the national semifinals at the Cotton Bowl as part of the College Football Playoff.
Hawken also led the defensive scout team and assisted the kickoff return unit.
Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio said Hawken will do an outstanding job for Hope.
"I have known Andrew for the past 11 years. He is an outstanding individual who has coached and excelled at the highest level in college football," Dantonio said. "Through his time here, he demonstrated his maturity, discipline, intelligence and work ethic on a constant basis. We are thrilled that he will now take the next step in his coaching career."
Hawken served as linebackers coach and strength & conditioning coach at Wartburg, Iowa for two seasons. Wartburg claimed Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles and made the NCAA Division III playoffs both seasons — reaching the second round in 2013 and the quarterfinals in 2014.
In 2012, Hawken was linebackers coach at Augustana, Illinois. He tutored College Conference of Illinois-Wisconsin Defensive Player of the Year Erik Westerberg.
Hawken also has coached two seasons at the high school level: varsity running backs at Grandville High School in 2011 and freshman linebackers at Jenison in 2010.
As a player, Hawken appeared in the 2010 Alamo Bowl, 2009 Capital One Bowl and 2007 Champs Sports Bowl with the Spartans. He earned a bachelor's degree in supply chain management at Michigan State.
Hawken is one of 24 players in Michigan State history to earn Academic All-Big Ten honors four times. He also claimed a College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District selection on three occasions.
In high school, Hawken was a four-year starter at running back at Grandville with Irv Sigler III, the coach he's succeeding as Hope's offensive coordinator. Hawken finished his prep career with 4,029 rushing yards.