Ryan Hawkins, the starting quarterback for Azusa Pacific's football team in 1995, passed away at the age of 37 on Saturday, Aug. 4, of a neurological disease.
Hawkins started seven of the Cougars' nine games during a 4-4-1 season, which was Vic Shealy's first year as head coach at Azusa Pacific. He completed 126-of-220 passes for 1,386 yards with 13 TDs and nine interceptions, and he also rushed for one touchdown. His best game came against Humboldt State, when he completed 27-of-38 passes for 224 yards and two TDs, and later in the year he threw for a season-high 233 yards on 19-of-40 passing against La Verne.
The 1995 season was Hawkins' junior year of athletic eligibility, as he transferred to Azusa Pacific after two years at the University of Utah. He finished his collegiate career in 1996 at University of La Verne.
Born in April 1975 in Berkeley, Calif., Hawkins graduated from Atascadero High School in 1993. Following his collegiate playing career, Hawkins coached running backs at Cal Poly Pomona from 1997 to 1998, and he later became a personal trainer and sports consultant. Ryan and his wife, Reynani, had three children: Reylani, Kella, and Derik Hawkins.
A memorial service to celebrate and honor Ryan's life will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012, at the Atascadero Bible Church, 6225 Atascadero Mall in Atascadero. A private family graveside service was held at Belmont Memorial Park in Fresno, Calif. Memorial donations in Ryan's name can be made to: http://www.badrap.org/donate.