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Erik Johnson Hires The Women's Basketball Staff

April 19, 2012

Chestnut Hill, MA - Yvonne Hawkins, Shelley Sheetz, Lisa Faulkner and Chris Brann have all been named to the Boston College women's basketball staff this week by head coach Erik Johnson.

This will be the second stint at Boston College for both Hawkins and Brann. Hawkins, a native of Warrensville Heights, Ohio, was an assistant coach at BC from 2004-08. Brann, a native of Jacksonville, Florida, was the Director of Operations for the women's basketball program from 2006-09.

Prior to returning to Boston College, Hawkins was an associate head coach with Erik Johnson at the University of Denver. She arrived in Denver for the 2008-09 season as an assistant coach and was named the associate head coach in 2011. While Hawkins was on staff at Denver, the Pioneers had a 72-52 overall record and a 34-16 record in the Sun Belt Conference. Hawkins, who worked as a scout for the WNBA's Detroit Shock in 2007, also worked at Yale from 2002-04 before her first stint as an assistant coach at the Heights. She also was an assistant at Albany State University and State University of NY at Delhi.

"Yvonne Hawkins is one of the most experienced and successful post coaches in the nation as well as one of the most dynamic recruiters in our game,'' said BC head coach Erik Johnson. "She has proven her abilities through the success of former BC center and WNBA player Carolyn Swords, former Eagles forward and ACC Rookie of the Year Stefanie Murphy as well as Sun Belt All-Conference forward Kaetlyn Murdoch at the University of Denver.''

Sheetz, who hails from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was an assistant coach with Johnson for four years at Denver. Prior to Denver, Sheetz was an assistant at Pepperdine University. Sheetz began her coaching career at Washington State. In 2004 she became the assistant at San Diego until 2008. She brings impressive credentials as a player as Sheetz was the first Kodak All-American at the University of Colorado. She finished as the second all-time leader at Colorado in points (1,755) and assists (514) as well as the all-time leader three-pointers made (252). Sheetz was drafted by Colorado Xplosion in the ABL and played overseas.

"Shelly Sheetz is one of the best individual guard coaches in the country. She is a phenomenal teacher who played the game at the highest level,'' said Johnson. "She has proficient at helping young perimeter players reach their potential.''

Faulkner, a native of Oregon City, Ore., joined Johnson in Denver in the summer of 2008. Prior to her arrival in Denver, Faulkner was an assistant coach at Northern Arizona in the 2007-08 season. She also worked for two seasons at Vanguard University in California. Faulkner played for two seasons at Vanguard and was the NAIA Co-Player of the Year and Kodak All-American in her senior season. While at UC Irvine, Faulkner was named an All-Big West honorable mention.

"Lisa Faulkner is one of the brightest young assistant coaches in the country. She has a brilliant basketball mind and excellent teaching skills. Lisa brings fire and a competitive nature to our staff, which will pay dividends in the ACC,'' said Johnson.

Brann will take over the Director of Operations position at Boston College after serving one season at the University of Miami. Prior to working at Miami, Brann worked for two seasons was also the Director of Operations at Denver for two seasons.

"Chris is a true professional who understands every detail of running a high level women's basketball program. He has been and will continue to be invaluable to the overall success of the program,'' said Johnson.

Team Notes

• The Eagles program will hold camps this summer. To sign for camp go to the, call the women's basketball office for more information at 617-552-4350 or email to

• Fans can follow the Eagles on a daily basis at Twitter/bc_wbb.

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