Now, entering season number six, Hawkins-Powell is gearing up for another job in Cats Country.
Among the leaders in all-time stat categories for Lady Bobcat women’s varsity volleyball, the Ridgeland and Georgia Northwestern alum has signed on to coach the Lady Cats in NJCAA Division III play this fall.
“This is a real passion of mine, and this is my college,” said Hawkins-Powell. “This opportunity has come along at just the right time of my life. I’m looking forward to doing this 110-percent.”
Most memorable from Hawkins-Powell career with the two-year program was several upsets in Southeastern Conference club volleyball tournament action. Wins over the SEC’s Ole Miss, Mississippi State, and Alabama club programs and near misses with a handful of other high-caliber opponents made headlines during Hawkins-Powell’s playing days.
“I am confident that she’s the right choice for this job,” said Georgia Northwestern athletic director David Stephenson. “To see a graduate of ours choose to come back to give back to the college is a pleasure for us. You can tell right away that she is in high gear.”
When the Lady Cats take the court for the first time this season Sept. 5, it will launch season the sixth year of intercollegiate competition for Georgia Northwestern.
GNTC currently offers men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball, men’s golf and cheerleading on the collegiate varsity level.
Among some of the tougher regional competition this fall for Hawkins-Powell and her Lady Bobcats will be Bryan College, Johnson University, Reinhardt University, Tennessee Temple and Covenant College.
“This year’s schedule could really turn into something special in regards to future scheduling and potential rivalries. We are really in a great position to grow this year.”
Tryouts for the Lady Cats will take place on Aug. 8, 9, 15, 16, and 20. All sessions will begin at 6:30 p.m. at The R.A.C., Rossville Athletic Complex, located at 301 Williams St. in Rossville.