Haworth College of Business News

Success from a coach’s perspective

Steve Hawkins, head basketball coach WMU’s men’s basketball team, will talk about what constitutes true success as it pertains to basketball at the December 2 Keystone Community Bank Breakfast Series.

His presentation titled “A new way to look at success,” is free and open to the public. The event begins with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and will be held in the Dean’s Conference Room, Schneider Hall, Room 2150. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the College dean’s office at (269) 387-5050. Parking is available in the nearby Fetzer Center parking lot.

Beginning his ninth season as head coach and 11th season at WMU, Hawkins has positioned the Broncos  as one of the best teams in the Mid-American Conference and led WMU to a level of success unparalleled in school history. The Broncos have appeared in four of seven post-seasons since Hawkins’ arrival in Kalamazoo and have rattled off ten consecutive top-three MAC West finishes.

Voted the top rookie head coach by Basketball Times and Coach of the Year by the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan, Hawkins has sparked interest on campus and in the community. Three of the top five crowds in the last 10 years have packed University Arena since Hawkins took over the reins.

Hawkins is a member of the Collegeinsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 voting panel for the sixth straight year and begins his second year as a member of the Regional Advisory Committee for the Division I NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship.

He began his career coaching the junior varsity team at Villanova Prep High School in Ojai, Calif., a position he held for two seasons. He broke into the collegiate basketball scene at the University of South Alabama, where he worked for three seasons (1985-87) under head coach Mike Hanks as a student assistant. He was named the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association NCAA Division II Coach of the Year four times.

“Success is not defined in terms of a high score at a game,” says Hawkins. “Numbers are byproducts, and the scoreboard can lie.”

Hawkins perception of true success is the reason that he has proven to be an outstanding coach.

The Keystone Community Bank Breakfast Speaker Series is underwritten by Keystone Community Bank. The series provides an opportunity for the local community to hear top business leaders and WMU faculty, alumni and friends of the Haworth College of Business discuss topics of current interest.

Learn more about the WMU Bronco Basketball team at wmubroncos.com