Ernie Lawson enters his second season at San Diego State. He coaches the defensive line.
Nationally in 2016, SDSU had the sixth-best rushing defense (105.7), 11th-best total defense (315.4) and 18th-best team passing efficiency defense (115.47) in the country.
Under his tutelage in 2016, Alex Barrett was a first-team all-MW selection for the second straight season, becoming the first Aztec defensive lineman to earn first-team all-MW honors multiple times. He finished his SDSU career tied for fourth in sacks (19.0) and tied for seventh in tackles for loss (40.0). Barrett signed as an undrafted free agent with the Detroit Lions in April 2017.
Served two seasons as a coach at the high school level.
In 2015, he was the defensive line coach and head football strength coach at North Side High in Fort Worth, Texas.
Was the head coach, defensive coordinator and head strength coach at American Canyon (Calif.) High, where he implemented the 3-3-5 defense.
Spent two years at Michigan as a graduate assistant with the linebackers and defensive line, working under former Aztec head coach Brady Hoke.
While at Michigan, he worked with former Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Greg Mattison on the intricacies of numerous defenses, including the 3-3-5.
Lawson captained the 2010 SDSU football team to a 9-4 overall record and the program's first bowl berth since 1998.
A four-year letterwinner from 2007-10, Lawson was an Honorable Mention All-MW performer as a senior, recording 30 tackles, including 9.5 for loss.
Chosen as San Diego State's co-defensive player of the year in 2010, and received one of the team's captain awards.
Voted the Aztecs' Most Inspirational Player in 2007. Lawson was also a multi-time scholar-athlete while at SDSU
Earned his bachelor's degree in fitness, nutrition and health from San Diego State in December 2010 and his master's degree in kinesiology from Michigan in May 2014.
Is married to Alicia and has one daughter, Leila Simone.