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WMU's Hawkins to give talk on success from coach's perspective

by Mark Schwerin

Nov. 16, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of WMU basketball coach Steve Hawkins.
KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's Steve Hawkins, head coach of the men's basketball team, will talk about what constitutes true success as it pertains to basketball on Friday, Dec. 2, at the next presentation in the Keystone Community Bank Breakfast Series.

His talk, 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 of Schneider Hall.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling the Haworth College of Business 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 10 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 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.

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

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

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.

To learn more about the WMU Bronco basketball team, visit For more information about the business talk, contact Valorie Juergens at or (269) 387-5964.