In his recent article, Stephen Edelson takes a walk down memory lane, shouting out some of the Jersey Shore’s greatest coaches ever. Though his story highlighted football coaches, it came as no surprise that Be the Best’s founding father, Jack Hawkins was listed among the best of the bunch.
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Jack Hawkins, Manasquan (1968-78)
When the “Hawk,’’ was elevated to head coach in 1968, the Big Blue Warriors promptly went 7-1-1, with a 9-0 season a year later that included the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II title. And it was just the start.
Over his 11 seasons, Hawkins compiled an 81-18-2, for a winning percentage of 81.8 percent that topped all veteran Shore Conference coaches at the time. His teams won 20 straight between 1971 and 1974, including back-to-back 9-0 seasons, beginning in 1972. He also won an NJSIAA state championship as the baseball coach in 1969.
For all the games he won, Hawkins is likely most remembered for his grand entrance 40 years ago at Wall Stadium before the inaugural Asbury Park Press All-Shore Classic when, as the coach of the Monmouth County team, he arrived on the sideline in a chauffeur-driven 1937 Rolls Royce, dressed in a white tuxedo.
Thanks, Jack, for all you’ve done for both football and baseball.
And most importantly, for all you’ve done for the kids.
You’re the best!