Central Florida’s hiring of Johnny Dawkins as their seventh head coach brings someone who has learned from the best and has competed against the best. If he can recruit, the Knights can look forward to competing with Temple, Houston and other successful programs in the American Athletic Conference.

“I’m confident Johnny Dawkins will be a great leader for our men’s basketball program here at UCF,” said UCF Vice President and Director of Athletics Danny White. “There was a ton of interest in this position. We targeted Coach Dawkins early on in the process.”

Dawkins joins the Knights after eight seasons at Stanford of the Pac 12. During that time, the Cardinal qualified for the NCAA Tournament one time, reaching the Sweet 16 in 2014. Stanford won the NIT twice, including last season.

This year, they played the sixth-toughest schedule in the country, finishing 15-15. Dawkins was fired by Stanford on March 14, but was out of work for only eight days.

I’d like to thank President (John) Hitt, Danny White and the entire administration for their belief, faith and confidence in me,” said Dawkins. “This is a meaningful opportunity to build and grow a program we can be proud of.”

Dawkins played his college basketball at Duke from 1982-86. He played in the NBA for nine seasons before getting into coaching.

He coached under the legendary Mike Krzyzewski for 10 years before heading to Stanford. His career record with the Cardinal was 156-115.

Dawkins replaces Donnie Jones who was fired on March 11 after a 12-18 season.

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