Former Morgan State women’s basketball player Erin Hawkins was named as an assistant coach of the High Point University (HPU) women’s basketball team on June 26. Hawkins comes to HPU from George Washington University where she worked for one year as assistant director of Basketball Operations.

“Erin was a former teammate of mine who I have known for a long time,” said High Point head coach DeUnna Hendrix. “She brings a wealth of energy to work every day. She will be a quality recruiter for us and comes to HPU with great ties in the Washington, D.C. area. I feel like Erin is someone that can relate well to our players and I know she will be a great addition to High Point women’s basketball.”

During her time with the Colonials, Hawkins oversaw film logistics, breakdown and exchange, along with oversight of the team’s managers and supply inventory.

“I am thrilled to be here as part of the High Point family,” said Hawkins. “I am also very excited to work with Coach Hendrix. After playing together now we have the opportunity to coach together. I am looking forward to this exciting new chapter here at HPU.”

Hawkins, who played for three years at Morgan State from 2008-11, helped the Lady Bears to two straight MEAC regular season runner-up finishes and 17 victories in each of her three seasons, including the program’s first-ever Division I postseason appearance with a trip to the Postseason WNIT as a senior in 2011. She finished her career at Morgan State ranked 11th in steals with 117.

Hawkins began her career at the University of Richmond in 2006 before transferring to Morgan State. In her lone season with the Spiders, Hawkins was teammates with Hendrix, who was a senior at the time. During her collegiate career Hawkins totaled 886 points, 131 three-point field goals, 282 rebounds, 222 assists and 135 steals in 116 collegiate games.

A native of Washington, D.C., Hawkins attended high school at the Bullis School where she earned varsity letters in both basketball and soccer. She was a four-year starter at point guard and helped guide her team to three Independent School League (ISL) championships. She was a two-time All-Gazette first team honoree by The Gazette Newspapers and was named All-Met honorable mention.

Hawkins received her bachelor’s degree in speech communications from Morgan State in 2011.

Kevin Paige

Special to the AFRO