Coaching Staff / 2016-2017
Team: Girls Varsity Softball
Position: Head Coach
In 2018, C.J. Hawkins begins her 11th year as Head Coach at Spain Park High School with anticipation and excitement for the upcoming season. C.J. Hawkins (formerly C.J. Urse) is the youngest of her five siblings. C.J. graduated from Bishop Watterson High School in 1987. She was a four year Varsity letter winner in softball and basketball, two years in volleyball, one year in golf and soccer. She was a two time All-State shortstop and led her team in seven different statistical categories. As a senior point guard, C.J. helped her basketball team reach the State final game. She also competed in the State golf tournament as the only female member of the boy’s golf team. She earned a softball scholarship to The Ohio State University and was a starter in center field all four years. At Ohio State, she earned Academic All-Big Ten honors from 1987-1991. C.J. was named the defensive player of the year in 1989 with zero errors. She made second team All Big Ten in 1990 and 1st team All-Big Ten and All-Region in 1991. She was co-captain in 1991. C.J. was named to the All Tournament team at the University of Arizona Desert Classic and was a member of the 1990 Big Ten Conference Champion Team that made it to the Regional Finals. She graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Physical Education from Ohio State. After undergraduate college, she accepted a graduate assistant position at Florida State University under coaches JoAnn Graf and Connie Clark (now head coach at University of Texas). At FSU, C.J. was responsible for in-state recruiting, slap/hitting instructor, outfielders and camp dorm coordinator. During the 1992 and 1993 seasons, the Seminoles made it back to back years to the College World Series and posting the two best team records in school history. C.J. graduated from Florida State in 1993 with a Master’s in Athletic Administration and Physical Education Curriculum.
In 1993, C.J. coached at Hewitt-Trussville Junior High where her teams won the Jefferson County tournament two years in a row in basketball and softball. In 1996, She started the softball program at Clay-Chalkville High School. In the 11 years at Clay, her team made it to the state tournament six times and won the Area 9 times. C.J. Hawkins was named Jefferson County Coach of the Year in 2003-2006. C.J. has helped 71 athletes receive softball scholarships in 21 years of varsity coaching.
As Head Softball Coach at Spain Park High School, C.J. has high expectations for her athletes and a vision for the program to be one of the best in the state of Alabama. In 2010, Coach Hawkins led her Jaguars to the first winning season in the history at Spain Park with a (26-24) record. CJ was named the 2010 South & Hoover Coach of the Year. In 2011, Spain Park broke the school single season record with a (35-20) season. Spain Park won it’s first Area Championship and reached the Regional Tournament for the first time in school history. C.J. was named the Over the Mountain Coach of the Year and Metro South Coach of the Year. In 2012, C.J. helped lead the Jaguars to back to back wins against arch rival Hoover High and #1 ranked Vestavia and earning her second straight Metro South Coach of the Year honor. In 2013, C.J. reclaimed the Birmingham News Metro South Coach of the Year. C.J. reached another milestone of 600 wins after defeating ACA in the semi-finals of the Wetumpka Tournament The Jaguars went onto to win at Wetumpka by defeating Scottsboro in the finals.
The 2014 season marks the best overall record (49-17) in school history, Spain Park made it’s first appearance in the State 6A tournament finishing 5th out 64 teams. The Jaguars earned a spot in the State Tournament by advancing in the South Central Regional Qualifier & Area 8 Tournaments. Spain Park also won the 2014 Northside Tournament and 2014 Shelby County Showdown Tournaments.
In 2015, Spain Park captured another Area Championship while compiling a (35-12) overall record and a perfect 6-0 regular season Area record. Spain Park hosted and won it’s first ever 7A Area 8 Tournament and defeated Hewitt-Trussville in the finals 14-5. C.J. reached her 700th win milestone in 2015. C.J. Hawkins was named 2015 Over the Mountain Softball Coach of the Year.
The 2016 season marked the program’s first appearance in the State Championship finals. The Jaguars compiled a (40-19) overall record. Spain Park hosted the 7A Area 8 tournament for the second year in a row after they earned the #1 seed in the regular season area. The Jags repeated as 7A Area 8 Champions by defeating Mountain Brook, Hewitt-Trussville and Vestavia. The Jags went undefeated in both the Area and Region tournaments. Spain Park continued their hot streak and won their first 7A Regional Tournament in Tuscaloosa. The Jags defeated Hoover and Vestavia which earned a birth to the State tournament. At the 7A State Tournament, the Jags knocked off Fairhope, Central Phenix City, James Clemens in the quarterfinals, and Vestavia in the semi-finals. Spain Park got edged by Sparkman in the finals of the tournament to be 7A State Runner-Up in 2016. C.J. Hawkins was selected as the 2016 Over the Mountain Coach of the Year.
The 2017, Spain Park (47-9) broke the school record for best overall record. The Jags won five tournaments including The Central Phenix City Tournament, The Jaguar Classic, The Oxford Tournament, 7A Area Tournament, 7A North Central Tournament. The Jags finished 3rd in the state in 7A. C.J. Hawkins was selected as the 2017 Over the Mountain Coach of the Year.
Spain Park softball players have earned scholarships to 17 Universities, Colleges & Junior Colleges including: The University of Notre Dame, The University of Alabama-Birmingham, Auburn University, Appalachian State University, Jacksonsville State University, The University of West Florida, Spring Hill College, The University of Alabama-Huntsville, The University of West Alabama, Birmingham Southern College, Central Alabama C.C., Gulf Coast C.C., Shelton State C.C., Alabama Southern C.C., Snead State C.C., Faulkner State C.C. and Gadsden State C.C.
The Spain Park High School Softball Coaching Staff was selected as the 2016 NFCA South Region Coaching Staff of the Year. The Jaguar coaching staff will receive their award at the NFCA national softball convention this December in New Orleans, LA.
C.J. Hawkins Varsity Coaching Overall Record
As of May 14, 2018 : 833-358
” I am truly honored and blessed to be a Jaguar. It is extremely important to teach teamwork, leadership, sportsmanship, and a true love for the game of softball while showing pride for our school and community. My passion is to help our athletes receive softball scholarships and play at the next level.”
Her mom is one of her greatest influences in her life. C.J. is married to Kevin Hawkins. She has a daughter Emma (12) and stepson, Drew (22). The family attends Church of the Highlands.
Coaching Record by Year
1997: 27-14 Area Champions/Regional Champions/Final 8 State
1998: 39-14 Area Champions/Regional Champions/5th in State
1999: 40-7 Area Runner-Up
2000: 31-20 Area Runner-Up
2001: 33-21 Area Champions/Substate Runner-Up
2002: 44-9 Area Champions/Regional Champions/Final 8 State
2003: 42-13 Area Champions/Regional Champions/3rd in State
2004: 56-12 Area Champions/Regional Champions/State Runner-Up
2005: 65-8 Area Champions/Regional Champions/4th in State
2006: 58-7 Area Champions/Regional Runner-Up
2007: 45-16 Area Champions/Regional Runner-Up
Spain Park Jaguars: (2008-Present)
2011: 35-20 6A Area 12 Champions/Regional Final 8
2014: 49-17 6A Area Runner-Up/Regional Runner-Up/5th in State
2015: 35-12 7A Area 8 Champions/Regional Final 4
2016: 40-19 7A State Runner-Up/North Central Region Champion/Area 8 Champion
2017: 47-9 7A 3rd in State/North Central Region Champion/Area 6 Champion
2018: 38-9 7A Area 6 Champion (4Peat)/7A North Central Region Qualifier/
7A 2018 State Tournament: TBD