Former Georgia Northwestern Volleyball Standout Hired As Top Cat

Cutline: “Carrie Hawkins-Powell posing for media photography before her final season of play at Georgia Northwestern. Hawkins-Powell will line her own roster up for Georgia Northwestern beginning this September as the head coach of the NJCAA Division III women’s volleyball program.”

(Rossville, Georgia)
– Five seasons ago, 6-foot-tall middle hitter Carrie Hawkins blasted a powerful kill shot down the middle of a Carrollton, Georgia court to score the first-ever point scored by any woman in any sport at Georgia Northwestern. Now, entering season number six, Carrie 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 High School and Georgia Northwestern alum is 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 (Hawkins-Powell) is in high gear.” When the Lady Cats take the court for the first time this season on September 5, it will launch season the sixth-year of intercollegiate competition for Georgia Northwestern.

Cats Country 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 Lady Cats Intercollegiate Women’s Volleyball will next take place on August 8, 9, 15, 16, and 20th. All sessions will begin at 6:30 p.m. at The R.A.C., Rossville Athletic Complex, located at 301 Williams Street in Rossville, Georgia.

For more information on Bobcats and Lady Cats Athletics at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, contact the Office of Sports Information at 706.764.3813 or e-mail to

Georgia Northwestern Technical College serves Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties in Georgia with campuses located in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties. Approximately 26,000 people benefit from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs, making it the largest college in Northwest Georgia and the fourth largest technical college in Georgia.