Steve Hawkins

Steve Hawkins

Hawkins in a 2011 game against Oakland University
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Western Michigan
Conference MAC
Record 237–188 (.558)
Biographical details
Born (1962-08-03) August 3, 1962
Ventura, California
Alma mater University of South Alabama
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1981–1983 Villanova Prep. School
1983–1984 St. Bonaventure HS
1984–1987 South Alabama (asst.)
1987–1988 Quincy (asst.)
1988–1990 St. Andrew's (asst.)
1990–1991 Quincy (asst.)
1991–2000 Quincy
2000–2003 Western Michigan (asst.)
2003–present Western Michigan
Head coaching record
Overall 374–299 (.556)
Accomplishments and honors
MAC Tournament champions (2004, 2014)
MAC West Division Champions (2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014)
MAC Coach of the Year (2014)

Steve Hawkins (born August 3, 1962) is an American college basketball coach and the current head men's basketball coach at Western Michigan University.[1] He had previously served as the head coach at Quincy University.


Hawkins was born in Ventura, California. Following his graduation from high school, Hawkins spent time as a high school basketball coach in the Los Angeles area at Villanova Preparatory School and St. Bonaventure High School during the early 1980s.[1] During this time he worked as an assistant at UCLA basketball camps, serving as chauffeur for legendary Bruins coach John Wooden. While the two were stuck in traffic, they were able to talk basketball.[2][3] Hawkins maintained the UCLA connection during his coaching career, often having Wooden speak to his teams at Quincy and Western Michigan.[2] Former UCLA head coach Larry Farmer, would later work for Hawkins as an assistant coach at Western Michigan from 2010–12 and again from 2013 until the present.[4]

Hawkins later attended the University of South Alabama, graduating with a bachelor's degree in 1987. From 1984–87 he served as a student assistant to men's basketball head coach Mike Hanks. In 1989 he earned his master's degree in sports science from the United States Sports Academy.[1]

Hawkins served as assistant coach at Quincy University from 1987-1988 and 1990-1991 and St. Andrews Presbyterian College in 1989. He was promoted to head coach at Quincy in 1992, and served there for 9 seasons until joining the staff of Robert McCullum at Western Michigan in the spring of 2000.

Western Michigan University

Hawkins was named head coach at Western Michigan University on May 1, 2003, following the departure of head coach Robert McCullum to South Florida.[1] Hawkins had served as an assistant coach on the WMU staff for the previous three seasons.

Under Hawkins, the Broncos have finished no worse than 3rd in the Mid-American Conference West Division. The team captured both the MAC regular season championship and conference tournament championship in 2003–04. That squad eventually fell to Vanderbilt in the opening round of the 2004 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.

Following the 2004–05 season, the Broncos participated in the 2005 National Invitation Tournament.

In 2005 Hawkins was a finalist for the head coaching job at DePaul University that eventually went to Jerry Wainwright.[5] He has also received head coaching offers from the University of San Francisco (2004),[5] the University of Nevada, and Southern Methodist University. He also received interest from Bradley University and Loyola-Chicago.[6]

In July 2007, Hawkins was hospitalised for three days following a seizure in his office.[7]

Following the 2007–08 basketball season, Hawkins was very critical of the post season basketball tournaments. Despite a 20-win season and a MAC West Division title, WMU was passed over for post season play, including the new College Basketball Invitational.

Following the 2010–11 basketball season, Hawkins coached the Broncos in the 2011 Tournament. After a victory in the opening round against Tennessee Tech, the Broncos fell in the second round to MAC rival Buffalo.

Following the 2012-13 basketballs season, Hawkins and Broncos participated in the 2013 College Basketball Invitational. They won their first 2 games before falling to George Mason in the semifinals.

The 2013-14 Broncos were one of the most successful of Hawkins' tenure, with a Rainbow Classic Championship, a MAC regular season championship, and a MAC Tournament Championship. The team made the NCAA Tournament, where as a #14 seed they fell in the opening round to #3 seed Syracuse by a score of 77-53. Following the season, Hawkins was named the 2014 MAC Men's Basketball Coach of the Year.[8]

Head coaching record

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Quincy (Great Lakes Valley Conference) (1991–2000)
1991–92 Quincy 8–20
1992–93 Quincy 16–11
1993–94 Quincy 19–9[1] NCAA
1994–95 Quincy 23–7 NCAA Semifinals
1995–96 Quincy 17–10
1996–97 Quincy 20–9 NCAA
1997–98 Quincy 12–14
1998–99 Quincy 12–15
1999–00 Quincy 10–16
Quincy: 137–111
Total: 137–111 (.552)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


Through 2015–16 season

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Western Michigan (Mid-American Conference) (2003–present)
2003–04 Western Michigan 26–5 15–3 1st (West) NCAA Round of 64
2004–05 Western Michigan 20–13 11–7 T–1st (West) NIT 2nd Round
2005–06 Western Michigan 14–17 10–8 T–2nd (West)
2006–07 Western Michigan 16–16 9–7 2nd (West)
2007–08 Western Michigan 20–12 12–4 1st (West)
2008–09 Western Michigan 10–21 7–9 T–1st (West)
2009–10 Western Michigan 18–15 8–8 T–2nd (West)
2010–11 Western Michigan 21–13 11–6 1st (West) CIT 2nd Round
2011–12 Western Michigan 14–20 6–10 T–3rd (West)
2012–13 Western Michigan 22–13 10–6 1st (West) CBI semifinals
2013–14 Western Michigan 23–10 14–4 T–1st (West) NCAA Round of 64
2014–15 Western Michigan 20–14 10–8 3rd (West) CIT 1st Round
2015–16 Western Michigan 13–19 7–11 6th (West)
2016–17 Western Michigan 0–0 0–0 (West)
Western Michigan: 237–188 (.558) 130–91 (.588)
Total: 237–188 (.558)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 "Steve Hawkins bio". Western Michigan University. Retrieved February 21, 2014.
  2. 1 2 Couch, Graham (June 8, 2010). "Western Michigan coach Steve Hawkins recalls special moments with legendary John Wooden". Retrieved February 21, 2014.
  3. "Basketball Videos - Basketball Training and Basketball Coaching at Better Basketball". Archived from the original on October 26, 2007.
  4. Couch, Graham (February 27, 2011). "Unlikely assist: Former UCLA basketball star and coach Larry Farmer puts ego aside to coach with friends at Western Michigan University". Retrieved February 21, 2014.
  5. 1 2 Mernagh, Ray (April 17, 2005). "DePaul Coaching Search". Retrieved February 21, 2014.
  6. Couch, Graham (August 3, 2011). "WMU basketball coach Steve Hawkins signs new five-year contract, upping guaranteed salary to $310,000 annually". Retrieved February 21, 2014.
  7. "W. Michigan's Hawkins spent three days in hospital after seizure". Associated Press. July 2, 2007. Retrieved February 21, 2014.
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