Mike Hopkins, University of Washington Men’s Basketball Coach
It took Mike Hopkins just one year to prove to the Washington Husky family that he was the right choice to take over the program, as he spent his first season as head coach guiding UW to a 21‑13 record, earning Pac‑12 Coach of the Year honors and leading the team to the second round of the NIT. Washington made many kinds of history during Hopkins’ first season, with some standout victories that put the Dawgs on the national radar.
Hopkins’ 2017‑18 squad recorded Washington’s first 20‑win season since 2011‑12 and the 28th 20‑win season in program history. While retaining almost the entire roster from a year ago, Hopkins took a team that went 9‑22 in 2016‑17 and 2‑16 in Pac‑12 play to a 21‑13 record and a 10‑8 mark in league action. It was the biggest win jump overall at UW since the 1936‑37 and 1937‑38 season. Additionally, the eight‑win jump in conference action was the biggest improvement in UW history for league play.
In earning Pac‑12 Coach of the Year honors, Hopkins became just the sixth first‑year coach in Pac‑12 history to earn the accolade. He also coached UW career steals leader Matisse Thybulle to earning the Pac‑12 Defensive Player of the Year award, becoming the first Husky to do so.
The former Syracuse assistant took over the helm of the University of Washington men’s basketball program on March 19, 2017. Hopkins spent 22 seasons alongside Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim. In 2015 Syracuse named him head coach designate, set to take over the Orange program after Boeheim’s retirement following the 2017‑18 season. Hopkins had been a member of the Syracuse Orange coaching staff since 1995 and is the 19th head coach in Washington Basketball history.
Hopkins was named the co‑coach of the USA Basketball Select Team in 2012 and helped the squad prepare for the Olympics in London, where he served as a court coach as USA won gold. Most recently he played a role in gold medal finishes at the 2014 World Championships and the 2016 Summer Olympics.
As a student‑athlete himself, Hopkins became the Orange’s starting shooting guard his junior year, en route to the team winning the 1992 Big East Championship. Outside of playing 111 career games in the Carrier Dome, he was also named team captain as a senior en route to averaging 9.2 points and 3.7 rebounds.
Hopkins went on to play in the Continental Basketball Association before ending his professional career after stints in the Netherlands and Turkey. Prior to his collegiate experience. The San Mateo, California native, was a member of the 1987 California State Championship team with Mater Dei High School, where he played alongside LeRon Ellis.
Hopkins earned his undergraduate degree in speech communications from Syracuse in 1993. He is joined in Seattle by his wife Tricia and their sons Michael and Grant, and their daughter Ella Grace.