Born and raised in the Metro Detroit area, Coach Hopkins attended Michigan State University for college. Graduating in 2007 with a B.A. in English, Hopkins moved to Bakersfield, California shortly after.
Hopkins can be credited with starting the Mira Monte High School Swim Team (in 2011) and coaching seven seasons there. In 2015, she helped to lead the Mira Monte Varsity Boys Swim Team to an SEYL League Championship and an undefeated season in 2015.