Yvonne Hawkins and Head Coach Erik Johnson have developed a successful coaching combination from the time the two began working together at Boston College in 2006. Hawkins followed Johnson to the University of Denver and became his associate head coach after leaving BC in 2008.
Hawkins arrives back at BC as she enters her 28th year in coaching within the college ranks.
While at the University of Denver, Hawkins helped the team compile a 72-52 overall record while going 34-16 in the Sun Belt Conference at Denver. The team earned its first win over a nationally-ranked team when the Pioneers defeated No. 23 Vanderbilt and to key victories over BCS schools Colorado, Oregon and Minnesota.
Hawkins worked primarily with the post players at Denver, and helped develop three-time Sun Belt Conference first teamer Kaetlyn Murdoch and helped the team finish in the Top 5 in the nation in field goal percentage in 2011.
Prior to joining Johnson at Denver, Hawkins was on staff at Boston College for four seasons under Cathy Inglese. She helped BC advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in the 2005-06 season as well as the WNIT quarterfinal in 2007-08.
Hawkins has also been an assistant at both Albany (15 years) and Yale (two years). In addition, she served as head coach for two years at SUNY-Delhi.
During her 15-year stint at the University of Albany, Hawkins was an integral member of the coaching staff. She helped the program move from Division III up to Division I in the span of years from 1996 to 2002. Her last three years with the Great Danes were at the Division I level.
Hawkins graduated from Ashland University in 1983 with a bachelor of education degree in physical education. While in Ohio, Hawkins was a two-time captain of her Eagles squad. Hawkins also spent the summer of 2007 as a scout for the WNBA's Detroit Shock.
THE HAWKINS FILE
Education College: Ashland University (1983)
1979-83 Ashland University - four-year letter winner; two-time captain