- Full Name Dawn Dell Heupel
- Birthplace Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA
- Nickname Dawn Heupel
- Nationality American
- Occupation Former Athlete - Turned Architecture
- Birth Date Not Disclosed
- Did You Know? She is presently the Design Coordinator at Miles Associates
- Husband Joshua Kenneth Heupel
- Relationship Status Married
- University North Dakota State University
- High School Aberdeen Central High School
Dawn Heupel | BiographyPlayed Volleyball, Basketball & also Violin during college
When Josh was looking for the right leadership at the right university, the University of Missouri's senior athletics administrator, Brian White, recommended Josh to his older brother Danny White, who was serving as the vice president and director of athletics at UCF at the time. Josh also believed Dawn possibly sparked the opportunity for him to become the head coach of UCF Knights at the University of Central Florida (UCF).
Dawn Heupel (née Dell) is best recognized for being the wife of a famous American football coach and former player Josh Heupel.
She Met Josh Heupel In High School
Both Dawn and Josh Heupel were from Josh's hometown Aberdeen, South Dakota. However, they met each other when they became classmates at Aberdeen Central High School at the age of 16. The two became friends, and their friendship quickly turned into a romantic relationship.
Even though the pair dated on and off during their high school years, they eventually reconciled and exchanged wedding vows.
She Was Into Sports In College
Dawn is a former athlete who played volleyball and basketball in her college years. She was also a violinist, and she received an architecture degree from her college. 'She was a good athlete and involved in a million things," Josh shared in an interview with UCF Knights in 2019.
She Played A Role In Josh Heupel's Knights Appointment in 2017
When Josh was looking for the right leadership at the right university, the University of Missouri's senior athletics administrator, Brian White, recommended Josh to his older brother Danny White, who was serving as the vice president and director of athletics at UCF at the time.
Josh also believed Dawn possibly sparked the opportunity for him to become the head coach of UCF Knights at the University of Central Florida (UCF).
"Brian's perspective of me as a coach and also knowing my wife Dawn--interacting with him and knowing who we are--probably helped spark this opportunity. It gave me an opportunity to talk to Danny and interview with the decision-makers here, and I'm pretty glad it worked out the way it did," Josh said.
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Dawn not only supports Josh's professional life, she equally enjoys playing sports with her husband. She was playing golf together with her husband as of 2019.
In an interview with UCFKnights in 2019, Josh described Dawn as "super-competitive" and "super-athletic."
Josh also asserted that she would go out and do anything. He said, "So, we've gotten to the point the past three years where we'll go out and jump on the course, and hopefully no one is behind us and we can play at our own pace. We play from 200 to 250 out and just have some fun."
Josh Heupel Is Grateful To His Wife
During his Intro Presser as Tennessee head coach on 27 January 2021, Josh expressed his gratitude towards his wife for being the biggest supporter in his life. He said, "I also want to take this time to thank my wife Dawn, who's been my copilot in life. She's probably piloting most of the time when I'm at the office."
Josh also acknowledged his daughter and son during the Intro Presser.
She Has Two Kids With Josh Heupel
Dawn and Josh have one daughter named Hannah and one son named Jace. Both Hannah and Jace share a common interest in sports like their parents.
Speaking with UCFKnights in 2019, Josh shared that his children involve in varied sports. He added, "The best part of it is our kids—name the activity and they are into it."
He also said his daughter is into dance, piano, artistic, and proficient in sports like basketball, volleyball, golf, and tennis.
"She is the most competitive person I've ever met, which is saying something. She got the best of that from her mom and dad," he shared.
Josh's son is also into baseball, football, basketball. Josh said his son also plays a little bit of golf and swims.
Her Husband Is A Multimillionaire
The yearly earning salary of Dawn's husband is in the millions. Knox News reported in March 2021 that Josh's 2021 salary was $4 million as a head coach at the University of Tennessee.
He will earn $4 million annually through the 2026 season as per his six-year contract with Tennessee, which he signed on 27 January 2021.
Josh previously earned $2.3 million annually as the head coach at the University of Central Florida.