Dennis Hopson - Lourdes University Men's Basketball Head Coach - Episode 413
Dennis Hopson is in his second season as the Men’s Basketball Head Coach at Lourdes University in Sylvania, Ohio.
In his first season at Lourdes, and as a collegiate head coach, Hopson led the Gray Wolves to a 20-11 record and a tie for third place in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference.
A native of Toledo, Hopson arrived at Lourdes with more than 30 years of basketball coaching, recruiting, and playing experience.
Hopson played in the 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. Hopson spent 2009-2014 as an assistant coach at Bowling Green State University for coach Louis Orr. Hopson worked 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.
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.
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