The Institutional Journey of Johnny Dawkins from Duke to Stanford to …… Central Florida ?
Recently fired at “The Farm in Palo Alto”; former Duke Great Johnny Dawkins was quickly rehired as HC at Univ Central Florida. No offense but UCF is like a giant community college in Orlando. Certainly not the faux-intellectual bastion of radical liberalism he dealt with at Duke and Stanford.
His eight year tenure at Stanford was “OK” but he did not create The Duke Of The West at Palo Alto.
I’m not saying UCF is less valuable as an institution of higher learning. On the contrary it likely serves more public good for far more citizens than do the snooty ivy-covered citadels. But Dawkins will not have trouble “with admissions” at UCF.
Once considered heir apparent to K’s Throne (and likely still “on the short list”), the former Duke “Great” and nine-year NBAer…. will be able to recruit from a much-larger “student-athlete universe” than he could at Stanford or Duke.
Who is now on Duke’s “short list”….. Jeff Capel? Tommy Amaker? Chris Collins? Surely not Quinn Snyder?
Oh…. the AD at UCF is Danny White…. the son of Duke AD Kevin White.
Terrance Harris, Associated Press
Updated 12:13 pm, Wednesday, March 23, 2016
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — UCF has hired Johnny Dawkins as its new men’s basketball coach.
He replaces Donnie Jones, whose UCF run ended following a disappointing first-round loss to No. 10 seed Tulane during the first round of the American Athletic Conference tournament on March 10.
Dawkins, 52, comes to Stanford after posting a 156-115 overall record and 66-78 record in Pac-12 play during his tenure. The Cardinal made the NCAA Tournament just once in his eight seasons, making it to the Sweet 16 during his lone appearance two years ago.
Dawkins was fired this season after Stanford went 15-15 and 8-10 in Pac-12 play.
Dawkins arrived at Stanford after serving as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Duke, from 1998-2008 under coach Mike Krzyzewski. He played for the Blue Devils from 1982-86. In 1986, Hawkins was the Naismith National Player of the Year as a senior.
Dawkins went on to become the first round draft pick (10th overall) of the San Antonio Spurs in 1986. He played in the NBA nine seasons, spending stints with San Antonio, Philadelphia and Detroit during his pro career.
He inherits a rebuilding situation at UCF.
The Knights were 79-88 during Jones’ six seasons leading the program. Jones guided the Knights to back-to-back 20-plus wins seasons in 2011 and 2012. But UCF has won just 15 of 40 games in AAC play during the last three seasons.
UCF finished just 12-18 during Jones’ final season at the helm.
Dawkins becomes the second head coach first-year UCF athletic director Danny White has hired. He also hired Scott Frost as the football coach and is also currently looking for a new women’s basketball coach.
White is the son of Duke athletic director Kevin White.