Hawkins joined the Tigers as the men's basketball team's Video Specialist in 2016. Before that, he served as the Assistant Head Coach at Liberty High School in Las Vegas, Nevada. While there, he helped lead Liberty to their first league title in ten years while coaching the 2015-16 Player of the Year.
Hawkins attended UNLV, where he played basketball for four years, including serving as captain for two. The Runnin' Rebels made the NCAA Tournament all four years Hawkins was there. He is seventh all-time in career steals at UNLV and made the Mountain West Conference All-Academic Team while there. Hawkins graduated with a degree in Hospitality Administration and earned his Masters in 2016.