FLORENCE, S.C. - Francis Marion University athletic officials recently announced that former basketball players Kim Slawson Hawkins and Bob Wilson, both of whom also returned to coach at the university, are the newest inductees into the FMU Athletic Hall of Fame.
The induction ceremony will take place during Homecoming activities on Saturday, Feb. 26, in the Smith University Center gymnasium between the women’s and men's games of the FMU and Armstrong Atlantic State University basketball doubleheader at approximately 3:15 p.m.
Both Hawkins and Wilson are residents of Florence and employed by Florence School District One; Hawkins at Lester Elementary School and Wilson at Wilson High School.
A product of Summerville High School, Hawkins played four seasons of basketball at Francis Marion from 1982 to 1986. She also played volleyball during her sophomore year. She earned a B.S. degree in economics from FMU in 1986.
She is married with two children and has been the administrative assistant at Lester Elementary for the past 10 years.
During her playing career with the Patriots, she appeared in 131 games for then coach Sylvia Hatchell and helped Francis Marion to a 113-18 record, including three national tournament appearances and the 1986 NAIA national championship. She scored a career-high equaling 22 points in her final contest – the national title game win over Wayland Baptist University – after which she earned All-Tournament Team recognition.
She ended her career with 1,198 points (currently 19th on the all-time FMU list), 524 rebounds (26th), and 370 assists (6th). She recorded a school-record 462 steals – a total that also stood as the NAIA national record until 1990 – while committing only 246 turnovers.
Named to the 20th-anniversary FMU Team, she still owns the Francis Marion records for free throws attempted in a game (19) and steals in a season (150) and career. She connected on 49 percent of her career field goal attempts.
Hawkins was named to the American Women’s Sports Federation Freshman All-America Team in 1983 and to the AWSF All-America squad (fourth-team) as a senior in 1986. She garnered honorable mention NAIA All-District Six team honors in 1986 and was named to the District Six All-Tournament Team in 1985.
Following her FMU career, she played briefly with the professional Women’s Basketball League’s Charlotte franchise. She returned to Francis Marion and served as an assistant coach for volleyball in 1989 and as an assistant for women’s basketball from 1992 to 1995. She has also assisted with the Wilson High School soccer and girls’ basketball programs in the past.
Wilson, a native of Louisville, Ky., transferred to Francis Marion from Western Kentucky University in 1978. He played two seasons for the Patriots, from 1978 to 1980, and earned a B.A. degree in history in 1982 and a master’s degree in education in 1991.
Married with two children, Wilson has taught and coached at both West Florence and Wilson high schools. In four seasons at Wilson, he guided the Tigers to a 76-31 mark and the 2007 AAA state championship. In some capacity, he coached hoops in the Florence area for 29 seasons from 1980 to 2009.
During his playing career at Francis Marion, Wilson appeared in 58 career games and averaged 15.2 points and 5.0 rebounds per game while helping the Patriots to a combined 42-19 record. He ended his career owning the then Patriot men’s records for free throw accuracy – both single-season (89.3%) and career (86.4%). He also connected on 53.6 percent of his field goal attempts and tallied 85 assists. Despite only playing two seasons, he still stands 22nd on the career scoring list with 880 points.
He scored a career-high 33 points during a 1979 win over Coastal Carolina. That same year, he earned the Francis Marion Coaches’ Award and was voted the “Best Shooter” by coaches in NAIA District Six.
He co-captained the 1979-80 Patriot squad and helped that team record a best-in-school-history-to-that-date 24-7 mark by averaging 13.7 ppg and sinking 100 of 112 free throws. Following his playing career, he was later named to the FMU All-Decade Team for the 1970s.
He later returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach on the staff of Lewis Hill. During his eight seasons on the Patriot bench, Francis Marion posted a 143-100 mark, captured the 1991 District Six title, and made the program’s only appearance in the NAIA National Tournament (1991).
Hawkins and Wilson join 35 current members in the FMU Athletic Hall of Fame, which was formed in 1991. Past inductees include Chiffonia “Precious” Adderson (women’s basketball), Cindy Alford (women’s softball), Jeannette Alston (women’s basketball, volleyball), Kristi Anderson (women’s softball), Mark Bedenbaugh (cross country, track and field), Gary Bennett (golf), Daryl Blume (men’s basketball), Jennifer Brabson (women’s basketball), Maria Costas (women’s basketball, tennis, volleyball), Tom C. Davidson (coach and administrator), Carlton Farr (men’s basketball), LaRue Fields (women’s basketball, volleyball), Alvaro Figuerola (men’s soccer), Allen Floyd (men’s basketball), Jennifer Grande Parker (volleyball, women’s basketball), Jeremy Halpin (baseball), Sylvia Rhyne Hatchell (women’s basketball coach), Lewis Hill (men’s basketball coach), Mary Hirst (women’s tennis), Wayne Huggins (baseball), Scotty Keefe (baseball), Anthony “Chico” Lombardo (baseball), Sam Lundkvist (men’s tennis), Pearl Moore (women’s basketball), Robert Moore (men’s basketball), Krissy Burt Owens (women’s volleyball), Mitch Powell (track and field, cross country), Tommy Randall (golf), Josef Schroeder (men’s soccer), David Stafford (track and field, cross country), Garth Thomson (men’s tennis player and coach), Randy White (track and field, cross country), Mike Wilson (baseball), Lee Whitwell (women’s tennis), and Rendy Yates (women’s softball player and coach).