JOHNNY DAWKINS | HEAD COACH
Johnny Dawkins was named UCF’s seventh head men’s basketball coach on Mar. 23, 2016. Dawkins arrives in Orlando, after an eight-year stint at Stanford, where he led the Cardinal to five postseason appearances, including an NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance in 2014, and four 20-win seasons.
Prior to his stint in Palo Alto, California, Dawkins coached for 10 years under the legendary Mike Krzyzewski at his alma mater Duke. He played for the Blue Devils from 1982-86, where he was named the 1986 Naismith National Player of the Year and helped lead Duke to three NCAA Tournament berths, including an NCAA National Championship Game appearance in 1986.
Stanford put together four 20-win seasons in Dawkins’ tenure as head coach. He is only the second coach in Stanford history with at least four 20-win seasons. Stanford’s success on the court came against some of the toughest schedules in the nation. During the 2015-16 season, the Cardinal faced the sixth-most difficult slate in the country. A nation-leading 17 of Stanford’s 30 games came against RPI Top 50 squads. Stanford’s strength of schedule was rated in the top 50 each of the past four seasons, including two in the top 20, with an average rank of 27.75.
The Cardinal basketball program also excelled in the classroom during Dawkins’ tenure, earning at least three Pac-12 All-Academic selections for five consecutive seasons and producing back-to-back Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year recipients (2014, 2015). Stanford also received annual national academic recognition, with three players earning National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court status in 2015. The Cardinal was one of 20 NCAA Division I teams to earn an NABC Team Academic Excellence Award last season.
In 2012, Dawkins mentored Chasson Randle to become the consummate student-athlete. Randle finished that season as Stanford’s all-time leading scorer and earned the program’s first Academic All-America First Team selection since 2006. Under Dawkins, Stanford recorded back-to-back perfect Academic Progress Rate scores of 1000 in both the 2012-13 and 2013-14 reports, the two most recent to be released by the NCAA.
Player development was also markedly improved at Stanford under Dawkins’ tutelage. Four Cardinal players were selected in the NBA Draft following their collegiate careers.
LEARNING FROM A LEGEND
The Washington, D.C. native coached for 10 years under the legendary Mike Krzyzewski at Duke. During Dawkins' decade as a coach at Duke, the Blue Devils won a national championship (2001), tallied six ACC regular season championships, recorded seven ACC Tournament titles and posted a 330-60 record. In four consecutive seasons from 1999-2002, Duke finished the regular season ranked No. 1 in both national polls, a first in college basketball history. Duke reached a No. 1 national ranking in seven of the 10 seasons with Dawkins on the coaching staff.
While at Duke, he also served as the Player Personnel Director for the USA Basketball Senior National Team from 2006-08.
Following a prolific high school career at Mackin Catholic in Washington, D.C., Dawkins made his way to Duke, where he would become one of the most decorated players to step foot in Durham, North Carolina.
He played for the Blue Devils from 1983-86, earning Consensus All-America honors twice (1985, 1986). Dawkins was also voted as the 1986 Naismith National Player of the Year and named a Freshman All-American in 1983. During his collegiate career, he helped lead Duke to three NCAA Tournament berths, including an NCAA National Championship Game appearance in 1986. He was listed as an All-ACC honoree in all four seasons as a Blue Devil.
Dawkins finished his career as the school’s all-time leading scorer and held that honor until 2006 when J.J. Redick surpassed his mark of 2,556 points. He recorded double-figure point totals in 129-of-133 collegiate games. Dawkins led the Blue Devils in scoring all four years, recording the fourth-highest season point total in school history with 809 in 1986. Dawkins remains Duke’s career record-holder in field goals (1,026) and field goals attempted (2,019) while also owning the school’s best single-season mark for field goals (331) during the 1986 campaign.
Dawkins was inducted into the Duke Sports Hall of Fame in September 1996. His jersey number 24 was retired by the school.
A 1986 first-round draft pick (10th overall) by San Antonio, Dawkins saw action in nine NBA seasons with the Spurs, Philadelphia 76ers and Detroit Pistons. He averaged 11.1 points and 5.5 assists over 541 career NBA games.
GIVING BACK TO THE GAME
Dawkins has served as a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches Board of Directors since 2012. He also currently serves on the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Ethics Coalition, an independent committee of current and former coaches, charged with promoting ethical conduct through leadership, education and mentoring opportunities, while identifying key issues challenging the coaching community.