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Duke's Dawkins to Coach at Stanford

Posted April 26, 2008

— Duke associate head coach Johnny Dawkins has been named the men's basketball head coach at Stanford, as announced by Jaquish & Kenninger Director of Athletics Bob Bowlsby on Saturday. Dawkins becomes the 17th head coach in the history of the Cardinal program.

Dawkins, 44, takes over at Stanford after completing his 11th year as a member of the Duke coaching staff. For the last nine seasons (2000-08), Dawkins served as the program's associate head coach. He began his coaching career as an assistant during the 1998-99 campaign.

At Stanford, he will succeed Trent Johnson, who went to Louisiana State.

"We are thrilled to welcome Johnny and his family to Stanford," said Bowlsby. "His credentials as a player, combined with his coaching experience gained mentoring under a Hall of Fame coach at a university such as Duke, made him a perfect fit for Stanford. The philosophies of the two programs both on the court and in the classroom are very similar. I am confident Johnny's leadership skills, coaching ability and commitment to attract top-flight student-athletes will be a driving force in continuing Stanford's tradition of basketball excellence."

Dawkins scored 2,556 points at Duke and is second all-time in scoring at the school. He also has extremely close ties to Krzyzewski. Dawkins was a member of the critical class of 1986 that includes Krzyzewski's first major recruits at the school. Dawkins was the senior star of that 1986 team that lost to Louisville in the national championship. He played in the NBA nine seasons before returning to Duke as a Blue Devils assistant.

“In my 28 years at Duke, no one did more to build our program as a player, coach or a person than Johnny Dawkins. He is as responsible as anyone for the success we’ve had for more than two decades,” said Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski. “Johnny is certainly ready to become a head coach at a high level, and that is exactly the opportunity he’s been presented. He will identify completely with what Stanford does, both in the classroom and on the court, and will maintain its strong basketball tradition. This is a great fit for both Stanford and Johnny."

Dawkins has been mentioned for other head coaching jobs in the past, but has been in no hurry to leave the Blue Devils. However, Stanford is a similar school to Duke and head coaching experience would likely help him as a candidate for the Duke position when Krzyzewski retires.

“I am deeply sorry to lose him as our associate head coach,” added Krzyzewski. “That said, I am very happy for Johnny, Tracy and his four children. The Dawkins family will be embraced by the Stanford community, just as they were here in Durham. They’re a wonderful family.”

Krzyzewski's two other assistants are Steve Wojciechowski and Chris Collins.

Dawkins is exceptionally close to the Duke players. Former player Nate James, the Duke assistant strength and conditioning coach, told 99.9 FM The Fan, "He's been like a second father to me."



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  • MarcoPolo Apr 28, 2008

    NCSU should of hired him. Another missed opportunity by Foulup.

    Good luck Coach Dawkins. Hope you have much success and hope to see you back at a way later date at Duke as head coach.

  • VT1994Hokie Apr 28, 2008

    gto77. I don't get what you meant.

  • VT1994Hokie Apr 28, 2008

    No doubt that he will do well. He has passed up several opportunities to coach previously. He is thinking about his future, and he needs head coaching experience.

    He shows no emotion on the bench. Neither of the coaches do, except Coach K. I wonder if he will display a little more emotion now that he is in a high profile position?

  • dwntwnboy Apr 28, 2008

    Have to wish him the best of luck. He comes from a conference where he has had the pleasure to play and coach against and with some of the best names in the business, this can only make him a solid pick as a head coach no matter what school. Spread the ACC around and show em how it's done.

  • gto77 Apr 28, 2008

    "I bet when Johnny comes back to Durham when K retires you will not see him sporting the Stanford logo either. :)"

    And he won't go to Dook football games cuz they are "LOSERS"

  • gto77 Apr 28, 2008

    "I hope he learns how to smile when he gets there....They all look like a bunch of funeral directors all sitting there...He looks like he's mad at the world..."

    funeral directors have fun too...my funeral service classmates were a bunch of clowns!;-)

  • iron fist Apr 28, 2008

    I wish the best of luck. I cannot think of an assistant from Duke who has been successful as a head coach. If he doesn’t succeed he will be giving up the job at Duke. Duke cannot afford to hire an unsuccessful coach. He deserves a chance to prove himself. With the talent he will have, there should be no excuse for not wining. I hope he has an assistant to work with the big men, he doesn’t have much experience working with or playing with a big man.

  • NCbred77 Apr 28, 2008

    I bet when Johnny comes back to Durham when K retires you will not see him sporting the Stanford logo either. :)

  • OriginalBlueDevil Apr 28, 2008

    Johnny will be back at Duke when K retires. Gaining head experience will only make him a stronger coach to take over the Duke reins. We won't have an 8-20 lapse like the Baby Blues did.

  • Duke_Blue_For_Life Apr 28, 2008

    What a laugh...Duke in trouble...I doubt it. Johnny Dawkins is leaving to buy himself some time and make alot of money as well. Duke has all their ducks lined up...:-). When coach K is ready to retire then Dawkins will be back. Johnny Dawkins is a true Dukie who bleeds royal blue....One day it will be coach Daewkins and co.