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Dawkins takes over as Stanford men's coach

Former All-American and NBA standout will be making his head-coaching debut with the Cardinal

Stanford Athletic Director Bob Bowlsby has hired Duke associate head coach Johnny Dawkins to replace Trent Johnson as men's basketball coach at Stanford the school announced Saturday.

Dawkins will be formally introduced at a press conference on Monday.

"We are thrilled to welcome Johnny and his family to Stanford," Bowlsby said. "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."

Johnson surprised many by taking the head job at LSU days after Mike Montgomery announced he would accept the California head position.

Dawkins, an All-American point guard with the Blue Devils in the late 80s, takes over a dramatically different program next year; one without twin towers Brook Lopez and Robin Lopez, who both declared their intention of making themselves available to the NBA draft.

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The Cardinal finished 28-8 and reached the Round of 16 in the NCAA tournament after finishing second in the Pac-10 this season.

Dawkins, who has never held a head coaching position, has been at Duke the past 11 years, and was mentioned as a coaching candidate at Georgetown in recent years.

"Coach Dawkins was like a father figure to me," said former Duke guard Sean Dockery on Duke's website. "He talked to us about everything and helped with situations on and off the court. From a coaching view, he helped us with everything and he also got us on the punishment side when we are doing things wrong. He is just a great guy."

Dawkins was named the Player Personnel Director for the USA Basketball Senior National Team in 2006.

Dawkins played nine years in the NBA with the San Antonio Spurs, Philadelphia 76ers and Detroit Pistons.

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This is in keeping with Bowlsby's football hiring of Jim Harbaugh, the former NFL quarterback whose only experience was at the Division III level. Like Harbaugh, Dawkins brings no baggage or expectations to Stanford.

Dawkins was Duke's all-time scoring leader until J.J. Redick surpassed him in 2006.

Dawkins was named one of the 50 greatest players in Atlantic Coast Conference history, and Duke retired his jersey number '24.'

The Blue Devils won six ACC regular-season titles, seven conference tournament crowns and the national championship in 2001 while Dawkins was on board.

"There was a sense of fulfillment (in 2001)," said Dawkins on the Duke web site. "When you accomplish something with a group that requires total commitment like that does, it fills you up inside and you still have that feeling. I don't think you ever lose it. You know what it's like to have won at the highest level."

He played basketball at Mackin High School in Washington, D.C. before enrolling at Duke.

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Dawkins takes over as Stanford men's coach

Former All-American and NBA standout will be making his head-coaching debut with the Cardinal

by Rick Eymer / Palo Alto Online

Uploaded: Sat, Apr 26, 2008, 4:47 pm

Stanford Athletic Director Bob Bowlsby has hired Duke associate head coach Johnny Dawkins to replace Trent Johnson as men's basketball coach at Stanford the school announced Saturday.

Dawkins will be formally introduced at a press conference on Monday.

"We are thrilled to welcome Johnny and his family to Stanford," Bowlsby said. "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."

Johnson surprised many by taking the head job at LSU days after Mike Montgomery announced he would accept the California head position.

Dawkins, an All-American point guard with the Blue Devils in the late 80s, takes over a dramatically different program next year; one without twin towers Brook Lopez and Robin Lopez, who both declared their intention of making themselves available to the NBA draft.

The Cardinal finished 28-8 and reached the Round of 16 in the NCAA tournament after finishing second in the Pac-10 this season.

Dawkins, who has never held a head coaching position, has been at Duke the past 11 years, and was mentioned as a coaching candidate at Georgetown in recent years.

"Coach Dawkins was like a father figure to me," said former Duke guard Sean Dockery on Duke's website. "He talked to us about everything and helped with situations on and off the court. From a coaching view, he helped us with everything and he also got us on the punishment side when we are doing things wrong. He is just a great guy."

Dawkins was named the Player Personnel Director for the USA Basketball Senior National Team in 2006.

Dawkins played nine years in the NBA with the San Antonio Spurs, Philadelphia 76ers and Detroit Pistons.

This is in keeping with Bowlsby's football hiring of Jim Harbaugh, the former NFL quarterback whose only experience was at the Division III level. Like Harbaugh, Dawkins brings no baggage or expectations to Stanford.

Dawkins was Duke's all-time scoring leader until J.J. Redick surpassed him in 2006.

Dawkins was named one of the 50 greatest players in Atlantic Coast Conference history, and Duke retired his jersey number '24.'

The Blue Devils won six ACC regular-season titles, seven conference tournament crowns and the national championship in 2001 while Dawkins was on board.

"There was a sense of fulfillment (in 2001)," said Dawkins on the Duke web site. "When you accomplish something with a group that requires total commitment like that does, it fills you up inside and you still have that feeling. I don't think you ever lose it. You know what it's like to have won at the highest level."

He played basketball at Mackin High School in Washington, D.C. before enrolling at Duke.

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