During the course of the program, Hawkins announced that he was promoting long-time CU assistant Brian Cabral to associate head coach.
The announcement even stunned Cabral; very few people knew about it in advance, and Hawkins designed it to be a surprise for Cabral, who received a standing ovation from the more than 1,500 people present in the Adam’s
“That was incredible, it totally took me by surprise,” Cabral said. “I’ve never been as shocked about anything like that in my life. I feel so fortunate... so blessed, and I am really honored.”
Cabral, 51, is entering his 20th year coaching linebackers at
“Leadership in a word is influence,” Hawkins said. “Brian Cabral has possibly had more influence over the success of
“He is a person I look up to and confide in,” he continued. “Brian’s mentorship of our entire team and staff is powerful. He is a cornerstone in the proud history of
Cabral has worked for four head coaches during his tenure, Bill McCartney, Rick Neuheisel, Gary Barnett and Hawkins. For all seven seasons under Barnett, Cabral also served as assistant head coach.
“I’ve been very fortunate to be at CU,” Cabral said. “
“I need to thank Hawk,” he continued. “In one sense, he’s brought a lot out of me. He has a different style, and he’s celebrated my successes in everything I do and it’s given me confidence to get better as a coach, as a recruiter. And I need to thank Coach Mac for helping me start my collegiate coaching career, he’s the one who brought me back to CU and gave me full responsibility of the linebackers as a grad assistant. And to go even farther back, I have to thank (the late) Dan Stavely, he’s the coach who first got me to
Known as one of the top linebacker coaches in the nation, his students have included
He is a 1978 CU graduate, as he earned a B.S. degree in therapeutic recreation. He lettered three seasons for the Buffs at linebacker from 1975 to 1977 under Coach Bill Mallory, as he was a captain and played a big role on CU's Big Eight champion team in 1976. He led CU with 13 tackles (12 solo) in the 1977 Orange Bowl against
He was a nine-year NFL veteran, as
You could also call him an ambassador for his native
How well liked and respected is Cabral? At the Northern Colorado recruiting luncheon in