Stanford hires Johnny Dawkins to succeed Johnson

Updated: April 27, 2008, 2:35 AM ET
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Duke associate head coach Johnny Dawkins has been named head coach at Stanford, the school announced Saturday.

Dawkins, 44, replaces Pac-10 coach of the year Trent Johnson, who abruptly left for LSU after leading the Cardinal to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2001. Dawkins will be formally introduced in a news conference on campus Monday, the school said.

"We are thrilled to welcome Johnny and his family to Stanford," athletic director Bob Bowlsby said in a statement. "His credentials as a player, combined with his coaching experience gained mentoring under a Hall of Fame coach at a university such as Duke, made him a perfect fit for Stanford. The philosophies of the two programs both on the court and in the classroom are very similar. I am confident Johnny's leadership skills, coaching ability and commitment to attract top-flight student-athletes will be a driving force in continuing Stanford's tradition of basketball excellence."

He inherits a team that will lose the Lopez twins, Brook and Robin, to the NBA draft, but will return its primary perimeter players in Mitch Johnson, Lawrence Hill and Anthony Goods, who will all be seniors next season.

Dawkins, who has no prior head coaching experience, just completed his 11th season on the bench with his college coach, Mike Krzyzewski. He was in the mix for the Georgetown opening a few years ago when the Hoyas hired John Thompson III and is in charge of player development for the U.S. Olympic team coached by Krzyzewski.

His departure breaks apart the longest continuous serving coaching staff in the Atlantic Coast Conference, a tight-knit group of former Blue Devils players under Krzyzewski.

Dawkins finished his playing career at Duke as the school's career scoring leader with 2,556 points -- a mark that was broken in 2006 by J.J. Redick. In his 11 seasons as Coach K's right-hand man, he helped guide the Blue Devils to six ACC regular-season titles, seven conference tournament crowns and the storied program's third and most recent national championship in 2001.

With Dawkins leaving Duke, it breaks apart the longest continuous serving coaching staff in the Atlantic Coast Conference, a tight-knit group of former Blue Devils players under Krzyzewski.

Dawkins, who did not return an e-mail from The Associated Press seeking comment, was the 10th overall pick in the first round of the 1986 NBA draft by San Antonio, and played nine NBA seasons with the Spurs, 76ers and Pistons.

When Johnson left Stanford, it was somewhat of a surprise despite the fact he was waiting for a contract extension. He met with LSU officials at the Final Four in San Antonio and a deal came together quickly.

Information from ESPN.com senior writer Andy Katz and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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