A two-time, All-Southland Conference Honorable Mention selection for Lamar, Darren Hopkins joined the Cardinal staff last season as director of basketball operations.
Hopkins' duties will include scheduling practice times, monitoring the academic progress of the Cardinal players and ordering team equipment. A former Capital One Academic All-Southland Conference performer for the Cardinals, Hopkins will also oversee daily tutorial sessions and study hall, while making regular class checks on the players.
The highlight to Hopkins' two-season playing career for the Cardinals was helping lead them to a 19-11 overall record and a share of the SLC regular-season title with Stephen F. Austin in 2007-08. He averaged 11.1 points and 4.5 rebounds per game that season.
Hopkins, a 6-foot-2 guard from Baltimore, Md., matched his career high of 26 points in a 101-90 road victory over Texas State, and he scored 20 or more points in three other games.
As a junior, Hopkins was second on the team with a 13.4 points-per-game scoring average, and he averaged 3.6 rebounds per game. He led the team with a .435 shooting percentage from 3-point range.
Hopkins enjoyed two 26-point outings as a junior - one against Nicholls and the other vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. He also hit the game-winning layup in a 99-98 victory over Sam Houston State in the first round of the 2007 SLC Tournament.
"Darren is one of the best human beings I've ever known in my entire life," said Steve Roccaforte, Lamar's head coach. "He makes me feel comfortable every time I'm around him. There's always a smile on his face, and that's going to help him be a great addition to our staff.
"D-Hop won more than one game for us at the buzzer. He's a natural winner and a hard worker, and he has an excellent personality. He's getting in on the entry level of coaching, but I think he will develop into an excellent coach if that's what he sincerely wants to do."
Hopkins played his junior college basketball at Panola JC, where he averaged 17.0 points per game in leading the team to a 21-9 record as a sophomore.
He was named to the Dean's List at Panola, and he posted a 3.10 grade point average during his senior year at Lamar.
Hopkins received his bachelor's degree in general studies from Lamar in May of 2008.