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Stanford fires Johnny Dawkins after 8 seasons

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There will be no more Johnny Dawkins for Stanford next season.

In a report published by USA Today,  Stanford has decided to part ways with Johnny Dawkins after 8 seasons as coach of Stanford men’s basketball team. A formal announcement is expected to be made soon.

In a statement, Stanford Athletic Director Bernard Muir admitted the difficult decision he had to make. “This decision was not easy and it was a very difficult discussion for both Johnny and me. But like everything else during his tenure at Stanford, he handled it with class, respect, and the utmost concern for his student-athletes.”

“There are many great things that Johnny was able to accomplish on The Farm, including improving the graduation rate, achieving an Academic Progress Rate of 1000, an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance and two NIT championships,” Muir added.

As coach of the Cardinals, Dawkins compiled a 156-115 record. During the eight seasons, he led Stanford to just one NCAA Tournament appearance leading the school to the Sweet 16 in 2014. However, he gave the school two NIT championships but his mediocre success in the Pac 12 was one of the reasons for his firing.

Stanford had a 66-78 record in the Pac 12, finishing seventh or worse in the conference in five of his eight seasons. This season, Dawkins compiled a 15-15 record overall and 8-10 for ninth place in the Pac-12. The Cardinals got clobbered in the regular season finale by Arizona and by Washington in the first round of the conference tournament.

The 52-year old Dawkins played college ball at Duke from 1982 – 86. He was a two-time All-American and national player of the year as a senior.

He played nine seasons in the NBA after being selected as the 10th overall draft pick in 1986. After his NBA career, he joined Mike Krzyzewski’s coaching staff in 1998.

“I want to thank the Stanford community for playing such an important part in the lives of Tracy and I and in the lives of our four children. While I am disappointed that we could not achieve the desired high-level results, I leave proud of the tremendous young men who have given their all to the program and I know the future is bright for Stanford basketball,” said Dawkins.

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