Newly Knighted

SHAWN HAWK, Surry Community College’s new head baseball coach, gives Brandon Pruitt some advice during an American Legion game last summer for Wilkes County Post 31.

Surry Community College’s new head baseball coach brings extensive coaching experience and a vast knowledge of recruiting in Region X to Dobson.

Shawn Hawk has been hired to take over the Knights’ baseball program after spending the past three years as a head coach and assistant coach in Region X.

After graduating from Arizona State University in 2012, Hawk moved from Arizona to take over as head baseball coach at Wilkes Community College. Before the season was halfway over, the school decided to do away with the program. He was quickly hired by Region X rival Guilford Tech as an assistant coach in 2013 and was promoted to associate head coach after one season.

Hawk, who recently earned his Master’s Degree in Coaching Administration from Ball State University, said the past three seasons have been tough after moving his family across the country, but it couldn’t have worked out any better in the long run. He is ecstatic about taking over the Knights’ baseball program.

He inherits a team that finished 16-28 last season and 8-11 in Region X play.

“I am very excited. I think this is a great opportunity. I am at a school that loves baseball, loves athletics, and has a very supportive administration. I believe with the support from the administration and Athletic Director Mark Tucker, the sky is the limit for the program,” Hawk said. “There’s no doubt we can be a top contender in the nation with the talent we have in the area. With my experience coaching at other levels, experience in recruiting, knowing the area, recruiting the east coast area of the state, I have a lot of connections and can build a really good program at Surry.”

Already hitting the recruiting trail, Hawk said he looks for academic-driven students first and foremost. Players who are good students are disciplined, he said, and you don’t have to worry about them skipping class or other off-field issues. From there, he looks for players with the tools you can’t coach such as speed and power.

Hawk is encouraging unsigned seniors to come for an open workout/tryout this Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Surry Community College baseball field. The workout will be pro-style with running, defense and hitting, and obviously pitching.

“We’re excited about Shawn Hawk leading our baseball program,” said Tucker. “Shawn has substantial experience as a college baseball coach in Region X over the past four years. Being a head coach and associate head coach the past few years has been vital to him in understanding the landscape of Region X. This familiarity is something that is extremely important along with having coached at four different community colleges.”

Hawk has also served as head coach for the Wilkes Warriors (now Caldwell Warriors) out of the All-American Collegiate Baseball League during the summer of 2013. He spent last summer as an assistant coach for the Wilkes County Post 31 American Legion team.

Hawk plans to move to Surry County with his wife Wendy, who is an assistant principal at Wilkes Central High School, and their two dogs in July.

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