Sonya Hopkins was hired as the Coordinator of Academic Support at Butler University in August of 2006. She is responsible for providing academic services for the student-athletes, as well as sponsoring the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), and is the liaison between the athletic department and the NCAA for the Student Athlete Affairs program (formerly CHAMPS/Life Skills).
Prior to coming to Butler, Hopkins was the Coordinator of Academic Services for the athletes at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill.
However, most of Hopkins’ professional background is linked to collegiate women’s volleyball. Hopkins was the assistant coach at Southern Illinois from 1983-89. She was then hired as the head volleyball coach at Kankakee Community College in June of 1989, coaching there for one season and compiling a record of 35-5.
Hopkins was then hired back to SIU as the head coach in 1990, where she led the program for 14 seasons. During her tenure at SIU, Hopkins coached several all-conference players, a conference player of the year, and three academic All-Americans. She was named Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year in 2002, as well as being named the Black Coaches Association Female Coach of the Year in 2003.
Hopkins received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communications at Southern Illinois in 1983 where she played volleyball. Hopkins, then known as Sonya Locke, was earned All-America honors in 1981 and was inducted into SIU's athletics Hall of Fame in 1988.