Chris Dawson is from Raleigh, NC and went to college at Tulane University where he played football. After graduating, Chris took a job at Gilman School in Baltimore, MD teaching English and coaching football and basketball. Chris went to Gilman specifically to work with Joe Ehrmann after reading about Joe in Season of Life. During his ten years at Gilman, he learned the ins and outs of how to build a transformative athletic program.
In June of 2016, Chris returned to Alma-Mater, Broughton H.S., as the head football coach. In his first four seasons at Broughton, he has worked hard to change the culture of the program and make the team more competitive. The Broughton Football Program is now moving in a very positive direction including notching its first playoff win in 15 years. Chris was honored in 2017 with the Semper Fidelis Coach Award presented by the U.S. Marine Corps for his dedication to teaching character. He was also recognized by the Carolina Panthers as a High School Football Coach of the Week in 2018. In his four years as head coach, the program has grown from 80 players to 140, demonstrating the appeal of a program that prioritizes relationships, character education, and belonging. Chris believes that while football is a wonderful game in and of itself, its greatest value is its potential to be used as a tool to help young people grow into adults with the strength of character to change the world for good.
Chris is married to the amazing Lucy Dawson, and they are the proud parents of Eleanor and Liam.