Updated Oct. 20, 2005
Shane Hawkins has spent practically his entire career in Southern Illinois and is widely known and respected as first a player and now a coach.
After a stellar career at Pinckneyville (Ill.) High School, Hawkins signed with SIU and became the most prolific 3-point shooter in Saluki history. From 1995-98, Hawkins made 314 shots from 3-point range and scored 1,348 points. He still ranks second in career assists at SIU with 435.
Hawkins' remarkable career included a trip to the NCAA Tournament during his freshman year, in which he made 7-of-8 3-point shots in a 96-92 loss to Syracuse.
After his playing days ended, Hawkins found his first coaching job at Barton County Community College (Kan.), where he served as an assistant from 1999-2001. Hawkins handled recruiting, worked with the team's perimeter players, and monitored the academic progress of student-athletes, among other responsibilities.
In 2001, Hawkins joined the staff at Southwestern Illinois College (Ill.), where he also served as recruiting coordinator.
In three years as a JUCO assistant coach, Hawkins' teams had a combined 85-18 record. He helped coach 10 future Division I players and three All-Americans.
In 2002, Saluki head coach Bruce Weber asked Hawkins to return to his alma mater as a graduate assistant. He was promoted to full-time assistant in the summer of 2004 by Chris Lowery.
Hawkins is involved in all phases of the Saluki program, ranging from recruiting to administrative matters such as team travel and organizing off-season outings and events.
The Hawkins File
Born: November 18, 1975
Birthplace: Belleville, Ill.
High School: Pinckneyville (Ill.)
College: Bachelor's degree, Southern Illinois (1999)
Spouse: Karin (Oldfield)
Children: Conner (3), Caden (1)