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Dawkins era will continue in Stanford men's basketball

 

Johnny Dawkins not only will be back this season to coach the Stanford men's basketball team, but he'll be around for some time after having his contract extended by the school.

Terms of the contract were not revealed. Dawkins, however, did sign a two-year extension in July 2011 that took him through the 2015-16 season.


Dawkins (117-87 in six years) is coming off a season where he led the Cardinal to the 2014 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. In 2012, Stanford won the Postseason NIT championship.

"Johnny Dawkins is a phenomenal educator and tireless worker," said Stanford Athletic Director Bernard Muir. "Our on-court success last year combined with ongoing academic accomplishments and the overall development of our student-athletes illustrates Johnny's ability to lead this program into the future."

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 victories over No. 7 seed New Mexico and No. 2 seed Kansas.

Despite losing two starters and two key reserves to season-ending injuries, Stanford 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 victory at No. 10/10 Connecticut on Dec. 18 that represented the only non-conference loss for the NCAA champion Huskies.

"I want to thank athletic director Bernard Muir and the Stanford community for outstanding support and allowing our staff to do what we love," said Dawkins. "Being part of the Stanford family is special and there is no place I'd rather be. We are committed to enhancing Stanford's reputation of excellence in the classroom and on the court."

Dawkins has overseen the development of Landry Fields, Josh Huestis and Dwight Powell, all of whom parlayed outstanding senior seasons into NBA Draft selections. Huestis (first round) and Powell (second round) were taken in the first round of the 2014 NBA Draft while Fields (second round) was chosen in 2010.

Women's swimming

Stanford heads to Salt Lake City on Friday to take on Utah in the program's 41st season opener. The match-up starts a schedule that features nine duals, a trip to College Station, Texas, for the Art Adamson Invitational and the Pac-12 and NCAA championships meets.

The Cardinal (0-0) will use a mix of its core veterans from last year's second-place showing at the NCAA meet along with a talented group of incoming freshmen, who are in the midst of their first week of classes at Stanford.

The team returns nine NCAA qualifiers that combined for 21 All-America honors last season. Sophomore freestyler Lia Neal, who was recently named to the 2014-15 U.S. National Team, tied for the team-lead with seven All-America performances, while senior breaststroke specialist Katie Olsen and senior sprinter Maddy Schaefer picked up five apiece.

The freshman class is highlighted by another 2014-15 U.S. National Team member in Simone Manuel. The Sugar Land, Texas, native is joined in the Class of 2018 by 2012 AT&T National Diving champion Gracia Leydon-Mahoney and five other swimmers which head coach Greg Meehan says will be, "impactful in our program in a lot of different ways."

Utah (0-0) returns 22 swimmers from last year's sixth-place Pac-12 squad.

Stanford takes nearly a month off from competition before facing Oregon State Oct. 24. The annual Alumni Meet is also scheduled for Oct. 24.

Men's tennis

Brandon Coupe has been named associate head coach, as announced on Tuesday by head coach Paul Goldstein.

Entering his eighth overall season on The Farm, Coupe had previously served as an assistant coach.

"For the past seven years, I have been extremely fortunate to have worked with the finest student-athletes in the country while learning from tennis legends, Coach Whitlinger and Coach Gould," said Coupe. "I am honored to have received this recognition and look forward to maintaining the high standards for success long associated with our program."

During his time as an assistant coach, Coupe has helped guide the Cardinal to a 128-70 record, seven consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and four 20-win seasons.

Coupe was named the ITA Northwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year last season, as he was instrumental in helping Stanford improve despite battling multiple injuries to multiple key players.

The Cardinal finished third in the highly competitive Pac-12 and climbed 25 spots in the national rankings during the month of April while posting four victories over top-40 opponents.

More importantly, Coupe served as a valuable resource on a squad whose lineup regularly featured two juniors and three sophomores.

— Stanford Athletics

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