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 55)
Washington, D.C.
Listed height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight165 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 career1986–1995
Position Point guard / Shooting guard
Number24, 12
Coaching career1998–present
Career history
As player:
19861989 San Antonio Spurs
19891994 Philadelphia 76ers
1994–1995 Detroit Pistons
As coach:
1998–1999 Duke (assistant)
1999–2008Duke (associate HC)
2008–2016 Stanford
2016–present UCF
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As coach:

Career statistics
Points 5,984 (11.1 ppg)
Assists 2,997 (5.5 apg)
Rebounds 1,336 (2.5 rpg)
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 to 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 while at Duke from 1982 to 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.

Basketball team sport played on a court with baskets on either end

Basketball is a team sport in which two teams, most commonly of five players each, opposing one another on a rectangular court, compete with the primary objective of shooting a basketball through the defender's hoop while preventing the opposing team from shooting through their own hoop. A field goal is worth two points, unless made from behind the three-point line, when it is worth three. After a foul, timed play stops and the player fouled or designated to shoot a technical foul is given one or more one-point free throws. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins, but if regulation play expires with the score tied, an additional period of play (overtime) is mandated.

UCF Knights mens basketball basketball team which represents The University of Central Florida

The UCF Knights men's basketball team represents The University of Central Florida located in Orlando, Florida, United States. UCF competes in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and the American Athletic Conference. The Knights play their home games in the CFE Arena located on the university's main campus. They are coached by Johnny Dawkins who was hired in 2016.

The Stanford Cardinal men's basketball team represents Stanford University in Stanford, California, United States. The school's team currently competes in the Pac-12 Conference. They are coached by Jerod Haase and play their home games at Maples Pavilion.


Playing career


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]

Washington, D.C. Capital of the United States

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Duke University private university in Durham, North Carolina, United States

Duke University is a private research university in Durham, North Carolina. Founded by Methodists and Quakers in the present-day town of Trinity in 1838, the school moved to Durham in 1892. In 1924, tobacco and electric power industrialist James Buchanan Duke established The Duke Endowment and the institution changed its name to honor his deceased father, Washington Duke.

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]

During the 2002–03 school year, the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) celebrated its 50th anniversary by selecting the top players in its respective sports. Fifty players were selected for the men's basketball team, which was voted on by a 120-member committee that was chosen by the conference's 50th Anniversary Committee.

Atlantic Coast Conference American collegiate athletics conference

The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is a collegiate athletic conference in the United States of America in which its fifteen member universities compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)'s Division I, with its football teams competing in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), the highest levels for athletic competition in US-based collegiate sports. The ACC sponsors competition in twenty-five sports with many of its member institutions' athletic programs held in high regard nationally. Current members of the conference are Boston College, Clemson University, Duke University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Florida State University, North Carolina State University, Syracuse University, the University of Louisville, the University of Miami, the University of North Carolina, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Virginia, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and Wake Forest University.


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]

San Antonio Spurs American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas

The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. The Spurs compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Western Conference Southwest Division. The team plays its home games at the AT&T Center in San Antonio.

Philadelphia 76ers American professional basketball team from 1946, in Syracuse 1946–1963, then in Philadelphia

The Philadelphia 76ers are an American professional basketball team based in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. The 76ers compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Atlantic Division and play at Wells Fargo Center. Founded in 1946 and originally known as the Syracuse Nationals, they are one of the oldest franchises in the NBA, and one of only eight to survive the league's first decade.

Detroit Pistons professional basketball team in the National Basketball Association

The Detroit Pistons are an American professional basketball team based in Detroit, Michigan. The Pistons compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Central Division and plays its home games at Little Caesars Arena. The team was founded in Fort Wayne, Indiana as the Fort Wayne (Zollner) Pistons in 1941, a member of the National Basketball League (NBL) where it won two NBL championships: in 1944 and 1945. The Pistons later joined the Basketball Association of America (BAA) in 1948. The NBL and BAA merged to become the NBA in 1949, and the Pistons became part of the merged league. Since moving to Detroit in 1957, the Pistons have won three NBA championships: in 1989, 1990 and 2004.

Coaching career

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]

Mike Krzyzewski American basketball player and coach

Michael William Krzyzewski is an American college basketball coach and former player. Since 1980, he has served as the head men's basketball coach at Duke University, where he has led the Blue Devils to five NCAA Championships, 12 Final Fours, 12 ACC regular season titles, and 15 ACC Tournament championships. Among men's college basketball coaches, only UCLA's John Wooden has won more NCAA Championships with a total of 10. Krzyzewski has the most wins of any coach in college basketball history.

In April 2008, he was named head coach at Stanford University, succeeding Trent Johnson. [4] During his time with the Cardinal, he became known as "the king of the NIT" (with crowns in 2012 and 2015). But Dawkins could not get over the hump in the NCAA tournament, with only one appearance (2014) in 8 seasons.

Stanford University private research university located in Stanford, California, United States

Leland Stanford Junior University is a private research university in Stanford, California. Stanford is known for its academic strength, wealth, proximity to Silicon Valley, and ranking as one of the world's top universities.

Trent Johnson American college basketball coach

Trent Aubrey Johnson is an American college basketball coach who is currently an assistant coach at California. Johnson had previously been the head coach at Texas Christian University, Louisiana State University, Stanford University, and University of Nevada.

National Invitation Tournament second tier postseason college basketball tournament

The National Invitation Tournament (NIT) is a men's college basketball tournament operated by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Played at regional sites and at Madison Square Garden in New York City each March and April, it was founded in 1938 and was originally the most prestigious post-season showcase for college basketball.

On March 14, 2016, at the conclusion of his eighth season, and after a disappointing one NCAA appearance in eight seasons as head coach, Dawkins was relieved of his duties as head coach. [5]

On March 23, 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.

On March 2, 2019 UCF defeated (#8 AP Poll/#6 Coaches Poll) Houston at Fertitta Center stopping the nation's longest home winning streak at 33. [7] With the win UCF entered the AP Poll for the first time since the 2010–11 UCF Knights spent four weeks in the poll peaking at 19. [8]

Head coaching record

Stanford Cardinal (Pacific-10/Pac-12 Conference)(2008–2016)
2008–09 Stanford20–146–129th CBI Semifinals
2009–10 Stanford14–187–11T–8th
2010–11 Stanford15–167–11T–7th
2011–12 Stanford 26–1110–87th NIT Champions
2012–13 Stanford 19–159–9T–6th NIT Second Round
2013–14 Stanford 23–1310–8T–3rd NCAA Division I Sweet Sixteen
2014–15 Stanford 24–139–9T–5th NIT Champions
2015–16 Stanford 15–158–109th
Stanford:156–115 (.576)66–78 (.458)
UCF Knights (American Athletic Conference)(2016–present)
2016–17 UCF 24–1211–74th NIT Semifinals
2017–18 UCF 19–139–96th
2018–19 UCF 24–913–5T–3rd NCAA Division I Round of 32
UCF:67–34 (.663)33–21 (.611)
Total:223–149 (.599)

      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

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