John Hawks is in his third season at Long Beach State, where he is responsible for recruiting and working primarily with the blocking and defense. Hawks spent 2007 and 2008 at USC as the top assistant coach after serving four years as an assistant at UC Irvine (2003-06).
During his time at LBSU, the 49ers have had seven All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation selections and three AVCA All-America picks. In 2009, Hawks guided libero Dustin Watten to second-team All-America and All-MPSF honors as he set a school single-season record with 342 digs.
In his two years at USC, Hawks was responsible for recruiting the top classes in the country and helping the Trojans to two consecutive playoff appearances, while also compiling the most wins in the program since 2000.
During his four seasons at UC Irvine, the Anteaters won 70 matches (more than the program's first 11 years combined), and qualified for the MPSF playoffs three times. He was on the sidelines during the 2006 campaign when UCI won the program's first conference title, led the nation in wins (27-5) and reached the national semifinals after spending eight weeks at No. 1.
Hawks has coached with both long-time LBSU head coach Alan Knipe, who is on sabbatical coaching the United States Men's Volleyball Team, and 49er interim head coach Andy Read, while with the various USA National programs the last three years.
In January 2010, Hawks was named the head coach of the U.S. Men's Junior National Team which competed this past summer in the NORCECA zone qualifier in Quebec. During the summer of 2009, Hawks was an assistant coach with the U.S. Men's National Team for the 2009 World League, where they finished in fifth place in Belgrade, Serbia. He had the opportunity to coach former 49ers Tom Hoff, David Lee, Scott Touzinsky and Paul Lotman.
In May of 2008, Hawks headed up a small group of USA National Team players that trained in Japan, successfully helping the Japanese to qualify for the Olympic Games in Beijing. In June 2008, Hawks spent time as an assistant to Knipe with the U.S. National Team at the Pan American Cup in Winnipeg, Canada, where the Americans won gold and qualified for the America's Cup.
He was also an assistant to Read for the USA Boy's Youth Team, which went undefeated at the NORCECA Youth Continental Championship en route to the gold medal and qualification into the 2009 FIVB World Championship.
Hawks also served as the head coach at the 2006 USA Volleyball Boys' Select A2 Training Camp, and was an assistant coach for the 2006 Men's Junior A2 Team, 2007 Junior National team and the 2007 World University Games team. The Junior Team finished seventh at the World Championships in Morocco with wins coming against Russia, Brazil and Cuba, while the World University Games team defeated Italy for the bronze medal in Bangkok, Thailand.
He began his college coaching career as an assistant coach at Grossmont Junior College, where he also played from 1995 to 1997.
Hawks was the boys' head coach at Santa Margarita High School from 2001 to 2002, after serving four years as an assistant coach. The Eagles went undefeated in 2001, winning the CIF Southern Section, before reaching the semifinals the next year. He was named the 2001 CIF Southern Section Coach of the Year and the Orange County Register Coach of the Year.
Hawks also spent five seasons as an assistant at his alma mater, Edison High School (1990-94) and moved into assistant coaching duties at San Dieguito High School (1995) and Francis Parker High School (1996). Both squads won CIF San Diego Sectional Championships. He then moved to Santa Margarita High (1997-2000), assisting the boys (1997-2000) and girls (1997-99) squads. The boys won a pair of CIF Southern Section titles (1997-98) and the girls won three (1997-99). The girls team also won the 1999 state championship, after finishing second in the state in 1997 and 1998.
On the club level he coached Balboa Bay Volleyball Club for 10 years (1996-2006), winning eight medals at the Junior Olympics (1998, 2000-03, 2005-06, 2009), including gold in 1998, 2000 and 2009, and silver in 2005. He was also a coach for Seaside Volleyball Club (1995-97), winning gold in 1997 and a bronze in 1995.
Twenty-nine Junior Olympic All-Americans have played for Hawks since 1995 and he has 31 former players currently on NCAA Division I rosters throughout the country. Some notables that Hawks has coached are 2005 Freshman of the Year, 2007 Player of the Year and three-time All-American Jonathan Winder of Pepperdine and 2007 first-team All-America Brian Thornton of UC Irvine.