Tom Hawkins is in his eighth season as head coach of the George Washington men's tennis team. Hawkins, who has led the Colonials to three Atlantic 10 Championship appearances during his tenure, brings more than 30 years of professional tennis experience to GW.
In addition to the Colonials' team successes, Hawkins has guided at least one individual to A-10 All-Conference honors each of the last five years, and has had one athlete named the conference's most outstanding perfromer twice and most recently Mustafa Gencsoy was voted the league's most outstanding rookie performer in 2005.
Hawkins also is the Corporate Director of Tennis for the Sport & Health Company with responsibilities for managing all the tennis programs at 10 metro area tennis clubs, while coordinating any company-wide tennis events. Previously, he served as the Director of Tennis and Manager of Rod Laver Tennis at Palmetto Dunes on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina. He also coached the McLean High School boy's and girl's tennis teams from 1995-98.
He is certified as a P-1 professional by the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA), and was a long-time member of the Board of Directors of the USPTA Mid-Atlantic Division. In addition, he has been certifying tennis professionals as teachers for the USPTA since 1989. Hawkins was named the Mid-Atlantic Tennis Professional of the Year by the USPTA in 1994 and 1996.
In the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA), Hawkins is the Mid-Atlantic coach for the 12- and 14-under Zonal teams for the USTA National Team Events, and has been the Mid-Atlantic coach for the 16-under intersectional team for the USTA 16's National Team Championship. Beginning in 1992, Hawkins was named head coach and administrator for the Northern Virginia-Washington, DC USTA Area Training Center, working with sectionally- and nationally-ranked juniors in the metro area.
Hawkins received a bachelor of arts degree, majoring in history, from Rollins College in 1973. As a player, he was ranked No. 9 in men's doubles in the U.S. Tennis Association Mid-Atlantic region rankings and No. 6 in men's 35's singles.