Yvonne Hawkins returns to the sidelines at UAlbany for the 2018-19 season after leaving the program following the 2002 season. Since then, she coached two years at Yale, two years at SUNY-Delhi, four years at Boston College, three years at Denver, and six more years at Boston College. Hawkins begins her 32nd season as a collegiate coach.
Hawkins spent the last six years as the Associate Head Coach at Boston College alongside head coach Erik Johnson. In her latest season Hawkins was integral to the development of the Eagles’ Katie Quandt (5.4 ppg, 1.1 bpg), Alexa Coulombe (27 blocks, 14 steals), and Karima Gabriel.
During the Eagles’ 2013-14 season, her second back with the team, BC set a program record for three-pointers made in a single season with 240, shooting 36.9 from behind the arc. In Hawkins’ first season returning to Chestnut Hill, she helped the team improve by five wins over the previous year, including five wins in the ACC and non-conference victories over Rutgers and BYU.
During her time at Denver, the team went 72-52 overall with a 34-16 record in the Sun Belt Conference. The run included the program’s first victory over a nationally-ranked team (#23 Vanderbilt). For the Pioneers, Hawkins primarily worked with the post players, including Kaetlyn Murdoch, who finished her career as a three-time Sun Belt First Team honoree.
Hawkins spent four seasons at Boston College under head coach Cathy Inglese, seeing the Eagles advance to the Sweet Sixteen during the 2005-06 season, as well as the WNIT Quarterfinal during the 2007-08 season. She helped recruit ACC Freshman of the Year Stephanie Murphy and three-time All-ACC center Carolyn Swords, who currently plays for the Las Vegas Aces of the WNBA.
Hawkins first stint at UAlbany lasted 15 years, where she helped transition the program from Division III to Division I from 1996-2002. Her final three seasons at UAlbany were the program’s first three at the Division I level.
Hawkins was a four-year letter-winner and two-time team captain at Ashland University. She spent the summer of 2007 as a scout for the WNBA’s Detroit Shock, and won the Judy Sweet Award at the Alliance for Women’s Coaches Symposium in 2001. She graduated Ashland in 1983 with a degree in Physical Education with a minor in Adapted Physical Education.