April 14, 2011
DEKALB, Ill. – Northern Illinois men’s basketball head coach Mark Montgomery announced the hiring of Lou Dawkins as an assistant coach for the Huskie program. The addition of Dawkins completes Montgomery’s coaching staff at NIU.
“Lou Dawkins is a tremendous coach who coaches with a lot of energy and passion,” said Montgomery. “He comes from a very successful high school program and is very knowledgeable about the game. As a coach he stresses the importance of defense and he is an excellent communicator with young men, helping them reach their full potential.”
“I am excited to be at Northern Illinois,” said Dawkins. “It has been my lifelong dream to be a college coach and when Coach Montgomery asked me to join the staff I was thrilled to death.”
Dawkins comes to Northern Illinois following seven outstanding seasons as the varsity head coach at Saginaw High School in Saginaw, Mich. Dawkins had an overall record of 149-28 in his time as the head coach of the Trojans. He also served as the Director of Athletics at Saginaw for the last three years.
Dawkins led Saginaw to Class A state championships in 2007 and 2008; the Trojans finished 2007 ranked second nationally by MaxPreps and in 2008 they were fourth in the USA Today Super 25. Dawkins was named the national coach of the year in 2007. He was also the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan Coach of the Year in 2007 and the Michigan AP Coach of the Year in 2007 and 2008.
The Trojans won the Saginaw Valley Conference championship in six of Dawkins’ seven seasons as head coach and he was named the conference coach of the year on three occasions.
Dawkins coached 11 players that went on to receive NCAA Division I basketball scholarships, including Michigan State’s Draymond Green and Josh Southern of Boston College.
Prior to becoming the varsity coach at Saginaw High, Dawkins was the junior varsity coach for six seasons, compiling an overall mark of 112-10.
Dawkins played collegiately at the University of Tulsa from 1989-94 under J.D. Barnett and Tubby Smith. He helped the Golden Hurricanes reach the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in 1994; Dawkins earned all-conference second team honors and was also named Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year.
Dawkins ranks fifth all-time in Tulsa history with 339 career assists and sixth all-time in school history with 176 steals. He received his bachelor’s degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation from Tulsa in 1994.
Dawkins and his wife, Latricia, have been married for 17 years and have two sons; Mario Robinson, 20, and Christian Dawkins, 18, and a daughter, Hailee Dawkins, 13. Their third son, Dorian Dawkins, passed away two years ago at the age of 14.