Johnny Dawkins

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Johnny Dawkins
Johnny Dawkins in 2010.jpg
Dawkins in 2010.
UCF Knights
Position Head coach
League American Athletic Conference
Personal information
Born (1963-09-28) September 28, 1963 (age 53)
Washington, D.C.
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 165 lb (75 kg)
Career information
High school Mackin Catholic (Washington, D.C.)
College Duke (1982–1986)
NBA draft 1986 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10th overall
Selected by the San Antonio Spurs
Playing career 1986–1995
Position Point guard / Shooting guard
Number 24, 12
Coaching career 1998–present
Career history
As player:
19861989 San Antonio Spurs
19891994 Philadelphia 76ers
1994–1995 Detroit Pistons
As coach:
1998–1999 Duke (assistant)
1999–2008 Duke (associate HC)
2008–2016 Stanford
2016–present UCF
Career highlights and awards

As player:

As coach:

Stats at

Johnny Earl Dawkins Jr. (born September 28, 1963) is an American basketball coach and former player who is the head coach for the UCF men's basketball team. From 2008–2016, he was the head coach of Stanford. He was a two-time All-American and national player of the year as a senior in 1986 at Duke from 1982–1986. Dawkins subsequently played nine seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) with the San Antonio Spurs (1986–1989), Philadelphia 76ers (1989–1994), and Detroit Pistons (1994–1995). From 1998 to 2008, he served as an assistant basketball coach at his alma mater, Duke.

Playing career[edit]


Dawkins was born and raised in Washington, D.C. He played basketball at Mackin Catholic High School in Washington, D.C. before enrolling at Duke University. At Duke, he became the team's all-time leading scorer with 2,556 points, which stood until 2006 when J. J. Redick surpassed it.[1] In Dawkins' senior year at Duke, the 1985–86 season, the Duke Blue Devils attained a win-loss record of 37–3, which was an NCAA record for both games played and games won in a single season. They reached the 1986 NCAA championship game, where they lost to Louisville, 72–69. In his senior season, Dawkins averaged 20.2 points per game[2] and won the Naismith College Player of the Year Award, presented to the nation's top Collegiate Basketball Player. He also served as alternate on the 1984 United States Olympic basketball team. He graduated with a degree in political science.[3]

His jersey number 24 was later retired. Dawkins has received a number of honors, including selection to the ACC 50th Anniversary men's basketball team honoring the 50 greatest players in Atlantic Coast Conference history and being named the 78th greatest player in college basketball history by The Sporting News's book, Legends of College Basketball, in 2002.[3]


In the 1986 NBA Draft, Dawkins was selected by the San Antonio Spurs as the 10th pick overall. He appeared in the 1987 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, where he finished sixth out of eight. He ended up playing in the NBA for nine seasons, also appearing for the Philadelphia 76ers and the Detroit Pistons. In his NBA career, he averaged 11.1 points, 5.5 assists and 2.5 rebounds.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

Following his NBA career, Dawkins went back to Duke University in 1996, where he worked as an administrative intern in the athletic department and was on the air as an analyst for Duke's home basketball games. He joined the Duke coaching staff in 1998, working alongside head coach Mike Krzyzewski. He was promoted to associate head coach in charge of player development in 1999.[3]

In April 2008, he was named head coach at Stanford University, succeeding Trent Johnson.[4] During his time with the Cardinal, he led them to NIT crowns in 2012 and 2015 and the Sweet 16 of the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

On March 14, 2016, at the conclusion of his eighth season, Dawkins was relieved of his duties as head coach.[5]

On March 22, 2016, Dawkins was hired as head coach by the University of Central Florida.[6] Shortly thereafter, his son, Aubrey Dawkins, transferred from Michigan to play for his father.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Stanford Cardinal (Pacific-10/Pac-12 Conference) (2008–2016)
2008–09 Stanford 20–14 6–12 9th CBI Semifinals
2009–10 Stanford 14–18 7–11 T–8th
2010–11 Stanford 15–16 7–11 T–7th
2011–12 Stanford 26–11 10–8 7th NIT Champions
2012–13 Stanford 19–15 9–9 T–6th NIT Second Round
2013–14 Stanford 23–13 10–8 T–3rd NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2014–15 Stanford 24–13 9–9 T–5th NIT Champions
2015–16 Stanford 15–15 8–10 9th
Stanford: 156–115 (.576) 66–78 (.458)
UCF Knights (American Athletic Conference) (2016–present)
2016–17 UCF 24–12 11–7 4th NIT Semifinals
UCF: 24–12 (.686) 11–7 (.611)
Total: 180–127 (.586)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ "Redick Breaks Duke's Career Scoring Mark In Victory". 2006-02-19. Retrieved 2008-04-28. 
  2. ^ a b "Johnny Dawkins Past Stats, Playoff Stats, Statistics, History, and Awards". Archived from the original on 2007-11-16. Retrieved 2008-04-28. 
  3. ^ a b c "Johnny Dawkins Named Anne and Tony Joseph Director of Men's Basketball" (Press release). Stanford Department of Athletics. 2008-04-26. Archived from the original on 2008-05-01. Retrieved 2008-04-28. 
  4. ^ Curtis, Jake (2008-04-27). "Stanford hires Johnny Dawkins". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-04-27. 
  5. ^ Parrish, Gary (2016-03-14). "Stanford fires Johnny Dawkins after eight years as coach". Retrieved 2016-03-14. 
  6. ^ Glenn, Shannon (2016-03-24). "Johnny Dawkins aims to make meaningful change at UCF". Retrieved 2016-03-24. 

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