Published Tuesday, 09 October 2012
New Antrim boss Frank Dawson. (© Presseye)
Dawson takes charge of the senior team in what will be his first job in inter-county football management - and the affable schoolmaster told UTV he is relishing the challenge.
"Getting an appointment within your own county and management within a county level is a very exciting time for me within my own football coaching career," he said.
"Having spent a bit of time with Down hurlers is good preparation for me but me I always wanted to manage at a county level and I am delighted it has happened with my own county."
Dawson takes over the reins from outgoing Saffrons boss Liam Bradley who transformed the side from provincial whipping boys to genuine contenders.
It included an Ulster final appearance in 2009, Antrim's first in some 31 years.
Dawson is no stranger to silverware having won Down county titles with both Colin Duff and Burren, the challenge now though is to re-create that success with his beloved Antrim.
"I think what Liam has done in the previous years has raised the expectations of the players and what they can expect of themselves," continued the new manager.
"I think all following Donegal's winning the All Ireland it has given all counties in Ulster an opportunity to look and see well can we do something similar when everybody is measuring where Donegal came from in 2010 to where they are now as All Ireland champions.
"A lot of counties will be saying well if we can muster the same enthusiasm and the same commitment and the same belief can we repeat what Donegal has done.
"That is the challenge."