Johnny Dawkins

Johnny Dawkins

Johnny Dawkins
Dawkins in 2010.
Stanford Cardinal
Position Head coach
League Pacific-12 Conference
Personal information
Born (1963-09-28) September 28, 1963
Washington, D.C.
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 165 lb (75 kg)
Career information
High school Mackin Catholic (Washington, D.C.)
College Duke (1982–1986)
NBA draft 1986 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10th overall
Selected by the San Antonio Spurs
Pro career 1986–1995
Position Point guard / Shooting guard
Number 24, 12
Coaching career 1998–present
Career history
As player:
19861989 San Antonio Spurs
19891994 Philadelphia 76ers
1994–1995 Detroit Pistons
As coach:
1998–1999 Duke (assistant)
1999–2008 Duke (associate HC)
2008–present Stanford
Career highlights and awards

As player:

As coach:

Stats at

Johnny Earl Dawkins, Jr. (born September 28, 1963) is an American basketball coach and former player who is the current head coach of the Stanford Cardinal men's basketball team, a position he assumed in 2008. He was a two-time All-American and national player of the year as a senior in 1986 at Duke. Dawkins subsequently played nine seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) with the San Antonio Spurs (1986–1989), Philadelphia 76ers (1989–1994), and Detroit Pistons (1994–1995). From 1998 to 2008, he served as an assistant basketball coach at his alma mater, Duke.


  • Playing career 1
    • College 1.1
    • NBA 1.2
  • Coaching career 2
  • Head coaching record 3
  • Personal 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Playing career


Dawkins was born and raised in Washington, D.C. He played basketball at Mackin Catholic High School in Washington, D.C. before enrolling at Duke University. At Duke, he became the team's all-time leading scorer with 2,556 points, which stood until 2006 when J. J. Redick surpassed it.[1] In Dawkins' senior year at Duke, the 1985–86 season, the Duke Blue Devils attained a win-loss record of 37–3, which was an NCAA record for both games played and games won in a single season. They reached the 1986 NCAA championship game, where they lost to Louisville, 72–69. In his senior season, Dawkins averaged 20.2 points per game[2] and won the Naismith College Player of the Year Award, presented to the nation's top Collegiate Basketball Player. He also served as alternate on the 1984 United States Olympic basketball team. He graduated with a degree in political science.[3]

His jersey number 24 was later retired. Dawkins was also given a number of honors, including being named to the ACC 50th Anniversary men's basketball team honoring the 50 greatest players in Atlantic Coast Conference history and being named the 78th greatest player in college basketball history by The Sporting News's book, Legends of College Basketball, in 2002.[3]


In the 1986 NBA Draft, Dawkins was selected by the San Antonio Spurs as the 10th pick overall. He appeared in the 1987 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, where he finished sixth out of eight. He ended up playing in the NBA for nine seasons, also appearing for the Philadelphia 76ers and the Detroit Pistons. In his NBA career, he averaged 11.1 points, 5.5 assists and 2.5 rebounds.[2]

Coaching career

Following his NBA career, Dawkins went back to Duke University in 1996, where he worked as an administrative intern in the athletic department and was on the air as an analyst for Duke's home basketball games. He joined the Duke coaching staff in 1998, working alongside head coach Mike Krzyzewski. He was promoted to associate head coach in charge of player development in 1999.[3]

In April 2008, he was named head coach at Stanford University, succeeding Trent Johnson.[4]

Head coaching record

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Stanford Cardinal (Pacific-10/Pacific-12 Conference) (2008–present)
2008–09 Stanford 20–14 6–12 9th CBI Semifinals
2009–10 Stanford 14–18 7–11 T–8th
2010–11 Stanford 15–16 7–11 T–7th
2011–12 Stanford 26–11 10–8 7th NIT Champions
2012–13 Stanford 19–15 9–9 T–6th NIT Second Round
2013–14 Stanford 23–13 10–8 T–3rd NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2014–15 Stanford 24–13 9–9 T–5th NIT Champions
Stanford: 141–100 (.585) 58–68 (.460)
Total: 141–100 (.585)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


He is the father of Aubrey Dawkins.


  1. ^ "Redick Breaks Duke's Career Scoring Mark In Victory". 2006-02-19. Retrieved 2008-04-28. 
  2. ^ a b "Johnny Dawkins Past Stats, Playoff Stats, Statistics, History, and Awards". Retrieved 2008-04-28. 
  3. ^ a b c "Johnny Dawkins Named Anne and Tony Joseph Director of Men's Basketball" (Press release). Stanford Department of Athletics. 2008-04-26. Retrieved 2008-04-28. 
  4. ^ Curtis, Jake (2008-04-27). "Stanford hires Johnny Dawkins".  

External links

  • Stanford profile