Darrell Hawkins begins his first season as an administrative assistant after spending the past four years at Prairie View A&M.
Hawkins served as the Panthers' interim head coach in 2005-06 after serving three years as an assistant coach. There, he played an integral part in Prairie View winning its first Southwestern Conference championship in 40 years in 2002-03. He also coached five All-SWAC players during his tenure.
Born in Houston and raised in the city of Prairie View, Hawkins was a four-year letterman at the University of Arkansas, and helped lead the team to two Southwest Conference championships and two Southeastern Conference championships.
In addition to the Razorbacks playing in the 1990 NCAA Final Four, they also had an Elite Eight and three Sweet 16 appearances during his career. During his senior year, Hawkins led Arkansas in rebounding, and he was a All-SEC Second Team selection. He also tied a NCAA Tournament record with eight steals in a game.
After his collegiate career, Hawkins played professionally in the Continental Basketball Association, the United States Basketball League, and overseas in China and Europe.
After his playing career ended, Hawkins worked for Cingular Wireless before joining the coaching ranks at Prairie View A&M under former Houston assistant coach Jerome Francis. Hawkins graduated from Arkansas in 1992 with a bachelor's degree in marketing, and is the father of a 10-year old son, Hunter.