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Johnny Dawkins hired by the UCF Knights

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Johnny Dawkins has landed back on his feet. He was last the head coach of the Stanford Cardinal and he’ll have to move all the way across the country for his newest job.

He has been hired by the UCF Knights, according to ESPN. He was the Cardinal head coach for eight-years, and helped coach the team to the Sweet 16 just two years ago.

The 52-year-old coached the Cardinal to a 15-15 record this season, but they were just 8-10 in Pac-12 Conference play. They finished ninth in the conference.

They were 156-115 during his tenure, which ended last week when he was fired by the school.

He’ll replace Donnie Jones, who was let go by the school earlier this month after six-years with the team. This season the Knights went 12-18 and just 6-12 within the American Athletic Conference.

Their last won under Jones came at the CFE Arena in Orlando, Fla. when they won 73-65 over the Tulane Green Wave. They lost their regular season finale against the UCONN Huskies in Storrs, Conn. and lost in the first round of the American Athletic Conference Tournament — which was hosted in Orlando, Fla. — to the Green Wave at Amway Center 65-63.

Before taking the Cardinal job, he was the Duke Blue Devils associate head coach for a decade from 1999 through 2008. He also spent a season as a Duke assistant from 1998 to 1999.

With the Cardinal, his team won the NIT Championship twice in 2012 and 2015.

Dawkins — who played for three teams in the NBA — played for the Blue Devils from 1982 to 1986. He was the 10th overall pick in the 1986 NBA Draft by the San Antonio Spurs.

He also played for the Philadelphia 76ers and the Detroit Pistons in his NBA career.

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