By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The UCF Knights signed men’s basketball coach Johnny Dawkins to a multi-year extension on Friday morning. He is now signed through the 2024-25 season.
The 55-year-old Washington, D.C. native has been the Knights head coach since the 2016 season. He is 67-34 at the school since being hired.
“As impressive as the progression of our men’s basketball program has been in the last three seasons, it should not come as a surprise to anyone because it’s the very reason we brought Johnny Dawkins to UCF,” UCF Vice President and Director of Athletics Danny White said. “And, yet, if you talk to any of our players they would tell you how they also have been impacted significantly by their head coach away from the court. He’s a basketball coach, yet he also understands there is so much more involved in heading up a program in terms of leadership and mentoring—and he lives that every day. We’re thrilled that Johnny will be with us for years to come.”
Dawkins guided the Knights to their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. The team went to the Round of 32 before being eliminated by the Duke Blue Devils in a thriller at the buzzer.
The team finished with a 24-9 record in 2018-19. The Knights defeated the VCU Rams for their first NCAA Tournament win, before losing to Duke.
UCF defeated two ranked teams in 2018-19. First, they defeated No. 6 Houston Cougars and No. 19 Cincinnati Bearcats.
“I’m extremely thankful to Danny White, Eric Wood and interim President Thad Seymour Jr. for their support of me and my staff,” Dawkins said. “It’s always great to have our administration behind us and knowing they believe in what we’re doing as a program. It’s always our goal to represent UCF and our community at the highest level and it helps to know that they understand that.”