Billiken Baseball Assistant Coach Joey Hawkins joined the Saint Louis staff at the beginning of the 2018 season. He serves as the assistant hitting coach/recruiter and both coaches third base and runs the infield defense.
In his first season, Hawkins became an instrumental part of the 2018 NCAA Regional Qualifying team that won both the Atlantic 10 regular season and post-season championship tournament. He was helped the 2018 Billiken offense that turned heads in the Atlantic 10. The team led the league in runs (378), doubles (123) and RBI (354), batting average (.285), on-base percentage (.380) and slugging percentage (.455). Additionally, Saint Louis was ranked No. 18 in the nation in doubles and No. 15 in doubles per game (2.16). He also was a major contributor of a solid team defense that finished with a .974 fielding percentage and was a key contributor to the mentoring of Alex King, a 35th round draft pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Hawkins joined the Billikens in the fall of 2017 from Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Missouri, where he was the recruiting coordinator and hitting coach. With the Vikings, he handled the recruiting and developed the offensive and infield strategies. In addition, Hawkins helped coordinate class schedules and practice times and worked to maintain and organize the baseball facilities.
Hawkins was a four-year letterwinner for Missouri State as a shortstop from 2011-15. With the Bears, he was captain of the 2015 team that set a record for wins. Known as a defensive stalwart, Hawkins holds MSU records in assists and fielding percentage and was named the Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2015. In high school, Hawkins competed with the Canadian Junior National Team.
Hawkins was drafted twice in his career: after high school (42nd round, Kansas City Royals) and after college (40th round, St. Louis Cardinals). He played in the Cardinals' organization for two years, reaching AA ball with the Springfield Cardinals.
He currently manages summer ball placement and assists in player development in addition to his in-season duties.