Following up on something that I mentioned in yesterday’s Daily Dirt…
Lourdes University Athletics Director Janet Eaton has named Dennis Hopson as the third head men’s basketball coach in the program’s history.
A native of Toledo, Hopson arrives at Lourdes with more than 30 years of basketball coaching, recruiting, and playing experience.
“I am thrilled to announce that Coach Hopson will be the next head men’s basketball coach here at Lourdes,” Eaton stated. “Coach Hopson brings a wealth of knowledge to our program, having played at the professional level along with serving as a Division I assistant coach for a number of years. Our program is on the rise and I believe that Coach Hopson will continue to grow men’s basketball here in Gray Wolf Nation.”
Hopson played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for five seasons. He was the third pick overall in the 1987 NBA Draft by the New Jersey Nets, where he played for three years. He also had stints with the Chicago Bulls, where he won a NBA Championship, and the Sacramento Kings. Following his NBA career, Hopson played seven more years in Europe.
Upon retiring from his playing career, Hopson was a regional scout for the Philadelphia 76ers in 2003-2004 before moving into the coaching ranks.
He began his collegiate coaching career at Northwood University, where he served as an assistant coach for two years under head coach Rollie Massimino. He was a part of a NAIA national quarterfinals team in 2007-2008 and helped guide the Timberwolves to a pair of Florida Sun Conference titles.
Hopson spent 2009-2014 as an assistant coach at Bowling Green State University for coach Louis Orr. He was an instrumental member of the coaching staff that helped the Falcons earn a berth in the 2012 CollegeInsider.com postseason tournament.
Hopson spent one season as the head boys coach at Bedford High School and also served as the Director of Basketball Operations for the YMCA of Greater Toledo prior to his arrival at Lourdes.
“I would like to thank President Gawelek and Coach Eaton for this opportunity,” Hopson said. “Their energy and passion for the future of this program had a lot to do with me making the decision to come here. I am excited for the vision and direction that the athletics staff is headed in. I am a community guy and passionate about the city of Toledo and the surrounding community, and the opportunity to stay home and coach at the collegiate level makes this that much more exciting.”
Hopson was a standout player at The Ohio State University, where he was an All-American and the Big Ten Player of the Year in 1987. He is the Buckeyes’ all-time leading scorer, tallying 2,096 points during his four-year career. He also holds the school’s single season scoring record with 958 points in 1986-1987, a season in which he finished second nationally in scoring.
A member of the Ohio State Hall of Fame Class of 1994, Hopson was named to the John Wooden Award All-American Team and was named a First Team All-Big Ten selection in 1987.
Hopson received his Bachelor of Education in sports and leisure studies from Ohio State in 2006.
He inherits a Lourdes program that finished the 2018-2019 season 18-13 overall and 9-11 in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference. The Gray Wolves finished in a tie for fifth place in the WHAC standings this past season.