Johnny Dawkins hired as UCF head coach

Johnny Dawkins will be the next head coach at UCF following eight seasons at Stanford. UCF cut ties with previous head coach Donnie Jones after a 12-18 finish to the 2015-16 season. Dawkins was fired by Stanford following this past season, as well, but enjoyed some success with the Cardinal.

Dawkins twice won the NIT (2012 & 2015) and took Stanford to the Sweet Sixteen in 2014, his only NCAA Tournament appearance in eight seasons. Prior to that, Dawkins spent ten seasons as a Duke assistant to Mike Krzyzewski, including nine seasons as associate head coach. He also played for Krzyzewski at Duke from 1982-1986.

UCF has not been to the NCAA Tournament since 2005 and is yet to win a NCAAT game in program history. Since joining The American in 2013, the Knights have not finished higher than 7th in conference play. Dawkins looks to give the program a much needed shot in the arm, coming into a wide open conference with a chance to make a splash.

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