MEn's volleyball coaching staff
John Hawks, the 2022 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division I-II Assistant Coach of the Year, has been named head men's volleyball coach at Loyola University Chicago, it was announced today by Director of Athletics Steve Watson. Hawks, who becomes the fifth head coach in Rambler men's volleyball history, has spent the last seven seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at UCLA.
"We couldn't be happier to welcome John to Loyola," Watson said. "He is a proven winner, an elite recruiter and has achieved excellence at each of the stops in his coaching career. We are confident that John will continue to build on the winning tradition in our men's volleyball program."
Hawks spent the last seven seasons as an assistant coach at UCLA, leading the Bruins' offensive and recruiting efforts. Most recently, Hawks was a driving force behind a powerful Bruins unit that led the nation with a .374 team hitting percentage, while also helping the team claim the top spot in the AVCA Division I-II Coaches' Poll for nine weeks straight.
"First of all, I would like to extend a huge thank you to Athletics Director, Steve Watson and Deputy Athletics Director, Holly Strauss-O'Brien, for truly believing in me and trusting me to lead the Loyola men's volleyball program," Hawks said. "Their vision for Loyola Athletics drew me in and having had the opportunity to meet the wonderful staff and coaches there convinced me that this was the place for me and my family.
During his tenure at UCLA, in which the Bruins posted a 134-54 (.713) overall record, Hawks recruited and helped develop five AVCA All-America selections and a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Player of the Year. On the recruiting side, Hawks has brought in the top recruiting class each of the last four years as the Bruins maintained their status as one of the premier programs in one of the toughest conferences in the nation.
Along with helping UCLA to three NCAA tournament appearances, Hawks served as the head coach for the U.S. National Men's Volleyball Team in the summer of 2019 as his team finished second in the NORCECA Continental Championships. Hawks was also on the coaching staff for two gold medals at the Pan American Cups and a bronze medal at the World University Games. He also helped numerous teams through USA Volleyball receive international recognition.
Hawks has also served as an assistant coach at Long Beach State, USC and UC Irvine, helping the Anteaters to a Final Four appearance in 2006. He also served as the Director of Volleyball at the SPIRE Institute in Ohio. In addition to his coaching success at the collegiate, international and club levels, Hawks was an accomplished high school coach, earning Orange County Register and California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Coach of the Year recognition in 2001.
Hawks and his wife Julianne will make the move to Chicago with their two daughters, Giavanna and Gabriella.