KU's Hawkins now coaching on Missouri side at Pembroke

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Posted at 1:14 PM, May 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-04 14:14:09-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Former Kansas men's basketball player Jeff Hawkins is taking a hoops job on the Missouri side of the state line.

Hawkins has been elevated to head varsity boys basketball coach at The Pembroke Hill School.

"I'm really excited about the opportunity," Jeff said. "Academics are very important to me, which is why the position drew me in. I had the chance to be a substitute for the lower school last year and I was very impressed with the student-teacher interactions."

Hawkins, or J-Hawk as he was known, played for both Roy Williams and Bill Self while at KU from 2001 to 2006. He previously was the 8th grade boys' coach at Pembroke and the head boys' varsity basketball coach at Perry-Lecompton for four years.

"We're going to play solid defense and up tempo, and create an electric atmosphere that our community and visitors are going to want to come see us play," he shared.

Hawkins played his high school basketball at Sumner Academy in Kansas City, Kansas.