Michele Hawkins begins her first year on Kelley Green's staff as director of operations for the Coastal Carolina softball team.
Hawkins joins the staff after spending the past several years focusing her attention on working with student-athletes who have dreams of playing college softball. Michele refined a college bound athlete program, based out of a facility in her home town of San Diego and then Nationally for a large travel club, where she worked with individual softball athletes and their families to help them find the perfect fit for their future college academic and athletic career.
In 2010, Hawkins joined the coaching staff of University of Delaware and spent the next two years as an Assistant Coach. University of Delaware softball finished in the top three of the Colonial Athletic Association both years that Hawkins was on staff. UD pitchers Chenxi Jiao, Amanda Stacevicz, and Hannah Rust all garnered conference accolades.
Prior to her time at UD, Hawkins was on the coaching staff as an Assistant Coach at Penn State from 2008-2010, coaching stand-out pitchers Jackie Hill and Lisa Akamine to All-Big Ten accolades.
In 2006 Michele resumed coaching, this time at Emory University. In her year with the Eagles, she was part of the NFCA Atlantic Region Coaching Staff of the Year, and helped the team to a fifth place finish in the NCAA Div. III World Series. In addition, two of her pitchers went on to earn selection to the All-Atlantic Region team.
After graduating from Northwestern, Hawkins joined the Michigan State staff as the pitching coach from 1994-97. Stacey Smith was her star hurler earning recognition on All-Big Ten and All-Great Lakes Region teams.
From there, Hawkins went back to Chicago, this time as the head coach at the University of Chicago. In her three years she became the winningest coach in Maroons history and still has the highest winning percentage of .648. In addition, she had a Rhodes Scholar in Erin Bohula in 1999.
Hawkins spent the next two years playing post-collegiate softball with the Georgia Pride (`98) and the Durham Dragons (`99). A highlight of her professional career was when she went on to play in the national tournament for the women's major division of the ASA. Her team placed third in the country while she finished the tournament with a perfect ERA of 0.00. For her efforts, she was named an ASA First Team All-American
Following her time with the ASA, Hawkins worked for the International Softball Federation, and traveled overseas holding pitching clinics for national teams throughout Europe and the Caribbean.
Hawkins' collegiate career was spent at Northwestern (1990-1994) where she earned All-Midwest Region twice and was an All-Big Ten selection. In addition, she appears multiple times throughout the Northwestern record book, most notably for wins and shutouts. She also contributed five no-hitters in her time as a Wildcat. Hawkins earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and Social Policy.
In 1999, Hawkins earned her master's degree in community and agency counseling from Michigan State.