"We want an inclusive program that nurtures and develops each student-athlete physically and mentally while also creating lifelong relationships.”
Freshman Dominic Johnson ties a school record with a 96 yard TD run 
week two v. Newbury HS, September 6, 2019.



C.V.C. Championships


State Runner-up


OHSAA playoff appearances


2021 Hawken Football Team

Current Coaches

Brian Stephenson

Brian Stephenson is in his third year as Director of Football Operations, Varsity Head coach. Prior to coming to Hawken, Brian was an assistant coach at Woodberry Forest School for nine years, including the last two years as offensive coordinator. Woodberry Forest School is a top-flight boarding school in Virginia, and their football program is one of the best in the South.

Brian is a native of Lima, Ohio. A 2009 graduate of Yale, Brian was a member of the university’s football team and earned the 2008 Special Teams Player of the Year award. After graduating from Yale, Brian began his tenure at Woodberry Forest School, where he not only served as football coach, but also as the track and field sprint coach, English teacher and student advisor. Over the course of his tenure, Woodberry Forest School posted a record of 69-14-1 and won eight Virginia Prep League championships. The team was ranked first in the state for independent schools for five of his nine years at Woodberry, and it was ranked second in 2011 and third in 2012. Brian has coached and mentored numerous All-State players along the way. In addition, he has worked with dozens of collegiate football players and two NFL players.

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    • Charles Woolridge

      Defensive Coordinator

    • Dan Walton

      Assistant Coach

    • Ed Suggs

      Assistant Coach



To help maximize the potential of everyone in the program, Hawken Football instills R.I.C.H. values on and off the field.
R.I.C.H. Culture
  • Relationships
    • Bond us to something bigger than ourselves and give us a support system.
      • Focus: Familial, Social, & Communal Relationships
  • Intelligence
    • Allows us to intentionally maximize our skills and performance in all areas of life.
      • Focus: Academic, Athletic, & Emotional Intelligence
  • Character 
    • Reveals who we are consistently through our words and deeds
      • Focus: Leadership, Discipline, Perseverance
  • Humility
    • Creates an unselfish environment where all are welcome and have an important role.
      • Focus: Generosity, Trust, Empathy
Our vision:
  • An excellent coaching staff, which enjoys working with each other & the student-athletes.
  • Student-athletes who love each other and display R.I.C.H. culture throughout our community.
  • A model program in strength & conditioning, character development, and football experience.
  • Consistent improvement on the field.
  • Use collegiate and pro schemes that are fun, dynamic, and attract college coaches as well.
  • Unique practices compared to others:
  • On Edge Coaching/Teaching
  • Use technology to reach student-athletes. 
  • Grade practice film each night 
  • Thematic practice days - Mondays, Toolbox Tuesdays, Win It Wednesday, Tempo Thursday, Fearless Fridays
  • Success breeds success!



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  • Collegiate programs attended by Hawken alumni

    • Washington University (St. Louis)
    • John Carroll University
    • Kenyon College
    • University of Pittsburgh
    • Miami University
    • St. Lawrence University
    • Denison University
    • Wabash College
    • Carnegie Mellon University
    • University of Houston
    • Trinity University
    • Colby College
    • Allegheny College
    • Purdue University
    • Bates College
    • University of Virginia
    • Colgate University
    • Case Western University
    • Taylor College
    • Yale University
    • Williams College
    • University of Chicago
    • Tulane University
    • Villanova University
    • Cornell University
    • Grove City College
    • DePauw University
    • Earlham College
    • Hamilton College
    • Tufts University
    • University of Dayton
    • College of Wooster
    • Lake Forrest College
    • University of Michigan
    • Penn State University
    • Davidson College
    • Baldwin Wallace University
    • Hobart and William Smith Colleges
    • University of Louisville
    • Bucknell University
    • Washington and Jefferson College
    • Vanderbilt University
    • Bowling Green State University

Hawken Football History

Hawken's football history dates back to its earliest days on the Lyndhurst campus. Hawken started playing varsity football in 1964 and had an undefeated 10-0 season in 1965.

The Hawks have had a proud, winning tradition ever since. The News-Herald recently ranked the Hawken football program as #3 in the top 30 all-time best prep school football programs in the area. Hawken football has regularly sent players on to compete at the next level. O.J. McDuffie ’88 was an All-American at Penn State and went on to a standout career with the Miami Dolphins of the NFL.


Hawken Football News

Football News

List of 3 news stories.

  • Football Hawks Lift for JADE Foundation

    The football team conducted its 4th consecutive Lift-A-Thon earlier this month to raise money for The JADE Foundation.
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  • Golf Outing Raises Funds for JADE Foundation

    Hawken football coaches, alumni, parents and friends came together on Sunday, June 25 to participate in the second annual golf outing at Fowler’s Mill Golf Course. Following an afternoon of friendly competition on a beautiful summer day in Northeast Ohio, players and their guests gathered for dinner at the clubhouse. Proceeds from the event support the JADE Foundation.
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  • Support JADE, Win Cavs Tickets!

    The football team will participate in its 4th consecutive Lift-A-Thon on Wednesday, November 15 to raise money for The JADE Foundation, which honors the memory of Hawken football alum Alex Dobay '08 and provides comfort and entertainment items to young adult cancer patients at the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals.
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