Player Programs Director
The team’s Player Programs Director, Hersey Hawkins enters his 12th season with the Trail Blazers in 2020-21. A 13-year NBA veteran, Hawkins brings a wealth of professional experience to the position, where he serves as a critical resource of support for the players’ professional, social and personal development. Hawkins is responsible for building strong relationships with the players as well as their families, agents and business associates. He also works closely with basketball operations, player representatives and the Trail Blazers’ business departments to help build and maintain strategic partnerships. Hawkins’ illustrious playing career included NBA All-Rookie honors in 1989, an All-Star appearance in 1991, a trip to the NBA Finals in 1996 and the NBA Sportsmanship Award in 1999. Known as a sharp-shooter from the perimeter, Hawkins ranks among the NBA’s all-time leaders in three-pointers made (1,226) and three-point percentage (.394). The Bradley University star is one of just 10 NCAA Division I men’s basketball players to score 3,000 career points. He will be enshrined in the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in November 2021. Hawkins’ 36.3 points per contest as a senior led the nation. Since retiring from the league in 2001, Hawkins has worked as a TV analyst for both NBA and college broadcasts. He has coached all three of his sons, Brandon, Corey and Devon, as an assistant at Estrella Foothills High School in Goodyear, Ariz. Hawkins and his wife, Jennifer, have been married for 32 years.