In eight seasons as a head coach, Johnny Dawkins made an impact on one of college basketball's most accomplished programs as Stanford’s Anne and Tony Joseph Director of Men’s Basketball.
Dawkins’ contributions since arriving on The Farm have come in the form of both team and individual success, most notably guiding the Cardinal to the 2014 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 and Postseason NIT championships in 2012 and 2015.
Under Dawkins’ direction, Stanford is one of only four Pac-12 teams to have appeared in four consecutive postseasons. In 2015, the Cardinal reached the 20-win plateau for the 23rd time in school history and fourth in Dawkins’ tenure. The only other coach in the 100-year history of the program to record at least four 20-win seasons was Mike Montgomery.
Meanwhile, Dawkins has also been responsible for a noticeable increase in player development, with Anthony Brown (2015 – second round) becoming the fourth player under Dawkins’ tutelage to parlay an outstanding senior season into an NBA Draft selection. Joining Brown are Landry Fields (2010 – second round), Josh Huestis (2014 – first round) and Dwight Powell (2014 – second round). Stanford has produced NBA Draft picks in back-to-back seasons since a four-year stretch from 1999-2002.
Dawkins has also made significant recruiting strides off the court and that same young talent is being developed quickly. In 2012, Chasson Randle became the fourth player to earn All-Freshman Team status among conference players during Dawkins' tenure following a six-year period in which only two Cardinal rookies were honored. The consummate student-athlete, Randle flourished in all areas under Dawkins’ mentorship, finishing his career as Stanford’s all-time scoring leader while becoming the program’s first Academic All-America First Team selection since 2006.
A high standard in the classroom has been established during Dawkins' tenure. Stanford, which has totaled at least three Pac-12 All-Academic selections for five consecutive seasons, has also produced the last two Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year recipients. Stanford has received annual national academic recognition, with three players earning NABC Honors Court status in 2015 while the Cardinal was one of 20 NCAA Division I schools to earn an NABC Team Academic Excellence Award.
In 2014-15, Stanford (24-13, 9-9 Pac-12) concluded its 100th season by capturing its second NIT championship in four seasons and third overall in school history. Despite using nine different starting lineups with six players making their first career start, the Cardinal narrowly missed the NCAA Tournament before bouncing back and finishing with a No. 34 RPI. Seniors Brown, Randle and Stefan Nastic not only accounted for 66.0 percent of the team’s scoring and 45.3 percent of its rebounding, but the trio also spent the year completing coursework toward their master’s degrees.
The 2013-14 campaign was especially memorable, as Stanford (23-13, 10-8 Pac-12) advanced to the Sweet 16 for only the fifth time in school history following upsets of No. 7 seed New Mexico and No. 2 seed Kansas. Stanford, which lost two starters and two key reserves to season-ending injuries, tied for third in the highly-competitive Pac-12 and finished 5-2 against top-25 foes. Of Stanford’s 36 games, 19 came against NCAA Tournament competition, including a 53-51 road win at No. 10/10 Connecticut on Dec. 18 that represented the only non-conference loss for the NCAA champion Huskies. Dawkins collected career victory No. 100 in a 92-60 rout of South Dakota State on Dec. 1, 2013.
Three years ago, Stanford finished 19-15 overall, advancing to the second round of the NIT. In Pac-12 action, the Cardinal finished 9-9, sweeping the season series against California for the first time since 2008 and notching a 76-52 upset of No. 10/12 Oregon at Maples Pavilion. Named the Pac-12 Most Improved Player, Powell was the only conference player ranked among the league's top-10 in both scoring and rebounding. Huestis developed into one of the league’s premier defensive performers, averaging 10.5 points and 9.0 rebounds while compiling 71 blocks.
Stanford produced a 26-11 record in 2011-12 on the way to capturing the Postseason NIT title, the third championship in school history (1942 NCAA, 1991 Postseason NIT). The Cardinal chalked up its best win total since a 28-8 campaign in 2007-08. Despite placing seventh in regular-season conference play, Stanford wrapped up the year as the Pac-12's winningest program and tallied a league-best four victories against the RPI's top-50. Randle produced one of the best rookie seasons in school history, leading the club with 13.8 points per game.
The Cardinal closed out the 2010-11 season at 15-16. Fielding a team without a senior for the first time in school history, Dawkins put his rookies in a position to excel. In addition to making more starts (47) than any other Pac-10 team, Stanford's freshmen logged the highest percentage of minutes played (41.7) and accounted for the highest percentage of scoring (40.3). Additionally, Stanford was represented with four all-league picks overall, the most since four members of the Cardinal's 2008 Sweet 16 squad were recognized.
Stanford finished 14-18 overall during the 2009-10 campaign in Dawkins' second season at the helm. Despite multiple injuries, lack of depth and a projected last-place conference finish in the preseason media poll, the Cardinal reached the Pac-10 Tournament semifinals. An impressive feat considering Stanford's roster featured only seven true scholarship players, two returning starters and six walk-ons. Pac-10 First Team pick and conference scoring leader Landry Fields became the first NBA Draft pick since Brook Lopez and Robin Lopez were taken 10th and 15th overall, respectively, in 2008.
During his rookie season in 2008-09, Dawkins directed Stanford to a 20-14 record and reached the CBI semifinals, extending the program's lengthy streaks of consecutive winning seasons (16) and postseason appearances (16). In addition to surpassing Robert Burnett as the winningest first-year head coach in school history, Dawkins ranked third in victories among the 21 first-year head coaches in Division I with no prior college head coaching experience. The Cardinal joined national champion North Carolina and Final Four participant Pittsburgh as the only schools in Division I with an undefeated non-conference record. Perhaps more impressively, Dawkins' 2008-09 squad accomplished all of the above while overcoming the losses of NBA First Round Draft picks Brook Lopez and Robin Lopez.
In May 2012, Dawkins was elected to serve on the board of directors for the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). He also currently serves on the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Ethics Coalition, an independent committee of current and former basketball coaches. The group is charged with promoting ethical conduct through leadership, education and mentoring opportunities while identifying key issues challenging the coaching community.
Dawkins, 52, became Stanford's 17th head coach on Apr. 28, 2009, after completing 11 years as a member of the Duke coaching staff. For the previous nine seasons (2000-08), Dawkins served as Duke's associate head coach and began his coaching career as an assistant in 1998-99.
During the summer of 2008, Dawkins completed a three-year commitment as Player Personnel Director for the gold-medal winning USA Basketball National Team at the Olympics in Beijing. With the help of Dawkins and the rest of the coaching staff, Team USA claimed its first gold medal since 2000 with a 118-107 victory over Spain. The Americans were dominant throughout the entire competition, posting an 8-0 mark and winning by an average of 27.9 points per game.
Two years earlier in his first competition with USA Basketball, Dawkins helped lead the Americans to a bronze medal finish at the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan.
During Dawkins' 11 years as a coach at Duke, the Blue Devils won a national championship in 2001, six ACC regular season championships, 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, marking the first time that has happened in college basketball history. Duke reached the No. 1 national ranking in eight of the 11 seasons that Dawkins coached for the Blue Devils.
Dawkins supervised player development efforts during his tenure. Nine Blue Devils were tabbed NBA lottery picks and one of his pupils, Elton Brand, was named Co-NBA Rookie of the Year. He played an integral role in the development of NBA first round selections, Shelden Williams, who was selected fifth overall, and J.J. Redick, who was selected 11th overall, in 2006. In addition, Duke had four National Players of the Year and 13 All-Americans during Dawkins' tenure.
One of the most decorated players in Duke history, Dawkins finished his career in 1986 as the school's all-time leading scorer and held that honor until 2006 when Redick surpassed his mark of 2,556 points. Prior to the 2002-03 campaign, Dawkins was named as one of the 50 greatest players in ACC history. The Sporting News named Dawkins the 78th greatest player in college basketball history in its Legends of College Basketball book released in 2002.
After suffering through an 11-17 rookie season when he was named a Freshman All-American, Dawkins led Duke to an 84-21 record over his last three seasons. A native of Washington, D.C., Dawkins was a part of three NCAA Tournament squads. During his senior year as team captain, the Blue Devils won 37 contests and notched a 21-game winning streak. That squad went on to win the ACC regular season championship, the ACC Tournament title and advance to the NCAA Final Four where Duke lost to Louisville in the national championship game.
Dawkins is Duke's career record-holder in field goals (1026) and field goals attempted (2019) while also owning the school's best single-season mark for field goals (331) during the 1986 campaign. He scored in double figures in a school-record 129 career games, all but four of the contests he played in at Duke. Dawkins led the Blue Devils in scoring all four years of his career, recording the fourth-highest season point total in school history with 809 in 1986.
An alternate on the 1984 USA Olympic basketball team, Dawkins was a two-time first team All-ACC performer in 1985 and 1986 as well as the school's first consensus two-time, first team All-American. During his senior year, he was tabbed ACC Tournament MVP while also becoming the first Naismith Player of the Year recipient in school history.
A 1986 first-round draft selection (10th pick overall) by San Antonio, Dawkins saw action in nine NBA seasons with the Spurs, 76ers and Pistons.
Upon his retirement from the NBA, he was inducted into the Duke Sports Hall of Fame in September 1996. His jersey number 24 was retired by the school.
Dawkins spent the 1996-97 academic year as an administrative intern in the Duke athletic department. He also served as the radio color analyst for all Duke games on the Capitol Sports Network.
Dawkins is a 1986 graduate of Duke with a degree in political science. He and his wife, Tracy, have four children: Blair, Sean, Jillian and Aubrey.
Birthdate: September 28, 1963