Stanford fires hoop boss Dawkins

AP

Johnny Dawkins got his second chance at Stanford two years ago after a special run to the Sweet 16.

Yet the Cardinal couldn’t consistently make it to the NCAA Tournament, and that cost Dawkins his job.

He was fired Monday after eight seasons as the Stanford men’s basketball coach. Dawkins guided the Cardinal to the 2014 Sweet 16 and NIT championships after the 2012 and ’15 seasons, but Stanford went 15-15 this season and finished ninth in the Pac-12 Conference at 8-10. He was 156-115 during his Stanford tenure.

“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,” Dawkins said in a statement. “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.”

Dawkins came to Stanford after working as a top assistant at alma mater Duke under coaching mentor Mike Krzyzewski.

Athletic director Bernard Muir has begun a national search for a new coach.

“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,” Muir said. “There are so 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.”