UCF has reportedly hired former Stanford head coach Johnny Dawkins to fill the men's basketball head coaching position, according to ESPN.

The official announcement is expected to be made within the next 24 hours, according to CommunitySportReport, with no official word from UCF at this time. Jeff Goodman of ESPN tweeted the news late Tuesday night.

Dawkins, 52, would replace former coach Donnie Jones, who was fired March 10 after six seasons with the Knights, who went 12-18 this season.

During his eight seasons at Stanford, Dawkins racked up a 156-115 record and led the Cardinals to the NCAA tournament in 2014 and the NIT championships in 2012 and 2015. He was fired March 14 following a 15-15 season, according to USA Today.

“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,” athletics director Bernard Muir said in a statement.

Dawkins played college ball under legendary college basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski in the early 1980s at Duke University in North Carolina, where Kevin White, father of UCF Director of Athletics Danny White, serves as AD.

In 1986, Dawkins was drafted in the first round of the NBA Draft as the No. 10 pick by the San Antonio Spurs. He would go on to play nine seasons in the NBA for teams such as the Spurs, Philadelphia 76ers and the Detroit Pistons, averaging 11.1 points and 5.5 assists per game.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.


Evan Abramson is the Sports Editor for the Central Florida Future. You can follow him on Twitter at @Evan_Abramson and email him at