Michele Hawkins joins Power Line’s staff as the full-time recruiting coordinator. She is committed to this career position, and is very anxious to get our athletes placed in the college perfect for them. Hawkins brings extensive experience as an amateur and professional athlete, and also as a collegiate and international coach to Power Line’s staff.
A San Diego native, Hawkins went to Santana High School, where she was named All-CIF her senior year and MVP of the San Diego CIF Division I Championship. She played travel ball with 18U and Women’s Major Purple Power organization.
Hawkins is a graduate of Northwestern where she earned All-Midwest Region twice and was an All-Big Ten selection from 1990-94. In addition, she appears multiple times throughout the Northwestern record book, most notably for wins and shutouts. She also contributed five no-hitters, and three perfect games in her time as a Wildcat. In the summer of 1993, Hawkins earned ASA Women’s Major Third Team All-American honors while playing with Michigan Cruise and an invitation to the 1994 US Olympic Festival.
After graduating with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and Social Policy, Hawkins joined the Michigan State staff as the pitching coach from 1994-97. Stacey Smith was her star hurler earning recognition on All-Big Ten and All-Great Lakes Region teams. During the summer of ’95 she played Series “A” professional softball in Italy for Marina de Massa.
From there, Hawkins went back to Chicago, this time as the head coach at the University of Chicago from 1997-1999. In her three years she became the coach with the most wins in Maroons history and still has the highest winning percentage of .648. In addition, she had a Rhodes Scholar in Erin Bohula in 1999. Hawkins completed her Master of Arts Degree in Community and Agency Counseling from Michigan State University in 1999.
Her summers were spent playing professional softball in the US with the WPF’s Georgia Pride in ’98 and the WPSL’s Durham Dragons in ’99. Hawkins was named an All-Star both seasons and was the league record-holder for strikeouts in a game (17). Another highlight of her career was when she went on to play the ASA Women’s Major National Tournament in ‘00. Her team, Decatur Twister, placed third in the national while she finished the tournament with a perfect ERA of 0.00. For her efforts, she was named an ASA First Team All-American.
Following her playing career, Hawkins worked for the International Softball Federation, and traveled overseas holding pitching and coaching clinics for organizations and national teams throughout Europe and the Carribbean. Highlights included developing a national pitching school in Puerto Rico, working with the Puerto Rican National Teams, as well as representing the US for the sport of softball at a multi-sport coaches clinic for European coaches in Bratislava, Slovakia.
In 2006 Michele resumed coaching, this time at Emory University. In her year with the Eagles, she was part of the NFCA Atlantic Region Coaching Staff of the Year, and helped the team to a fifth place finish in the NCAA Div. III World Series. In addition, two of her pitchers went on to earn selection to the All-Atlantic Region team. She then was Assistant Coach at Penn State from 2008-2010, coaching stand-out pitchers Jackie Hill and Lisa Akamine to All-Big Ten accolades. Following her time at Penn State University, Michele moved on to a position at the University of Delaware. University of Delaware softball finished in the top three of the Colonial Athletic Association both years that Hawkins was on staff. US pitchers Chenxi Jiao, Amanda Stacevicz, and Hannah Rust all garnered conference accolades.
Power Line Recruiting: Power Line’s newly revamped college softball recruit advising program offers softball athletes the opportunity to effectively find that school and softball combination they are seeking.