Byron Dawson joined the Tulane Football team as the new defensive line coach in March of 2020.
Dawson spent the last 15 years as the head coach/defensive coordinator/defensive line coach at Evangel Christian Academy in Shreveport, Louisiana. He led the Eagles to the 2016 Louisiana 5A Division 1 State Championship. Dawson's team was named the No. 1 team in the state of Louisiana and the No. 48 team in the nation after the 2016 season. Following the 2016 season, Dawson was selected as the USA Today Louisiana Coach of the Year.
During Dawson's tenure, Evangel Christian Academy reached the Louisiana State Championship six times (2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2016). He also earned the honor of AIM National Coach of the Year in 2017. In that same year, Dawson was named NFHS Louisiana Coach of the Year and McDonald's Shreveport Times Sports team of the Year.
Dawson earned All-District Coach of the Year every season from 2014-19. He received All-City Coach of the Year in Shreveport in 2015.
Dawson's teams were always packed with talent at Evangel Christian Academy. Dawson developed three Army All-Americans in Jermauria Rasco, Jerry Tillery and Micah Baskerville. Tillery was also was selected in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Chargers. His program also produced the 2019 Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year in Ar'Darius Washington.
By the end of the 2016 season, Evangel Christian Academy ranked among the nation's top 10 in sending former players to the NFL. Dawson coached seven players during his tenure that went on to the NFL.
In college, Dawson was a four-year starter on the defensive line at LSU. He recorded 86 tackles and four sacks as a Tiger. Dawson was coached by Nick Saban, Pete Jenkins, Will Muschamp, Karl Dunbar and Bo Davis during his time in Baton Rouge. The Tigers won the 2000 Peach Bowl, the 2001 Sugar Bowl and the 2001 SEC Championship with Dawson on the team. Dawson earned his bachelor's degree in general studies from LSU in 2003.