The Catholic University of America Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics Sean Sullivan announced the hiring of Ian Hankins as the Cardinals' head coach of the men's cross country and track & field teams, made official on Wednesday, January 6.
"We are excited to welcome Ian to CUA and specifically our athletics department. Given his multi-faceted experience coaching in both cross country and track & field, we felt as though he'd be an excellent leader for our Cardinal programs," said Sullivan. "Ian's understanding of our institutional mission and core values also resonated with the search committee. While we believe in his coaching abilities, we are most excited about his grasp of what we as a University stand for. I believe his joining the department will only help us reinforce those fine qualities."
Coach Hankins brings extensive knowledge within the running industry to Catholic University. Currently, Hankins serves as a Marketing Associate and Minority Owner with the Track & Cross Country Journal (tccjournal.org) where his main focus is social media market research for the company. Hankins also serves as a Sport Performance Consultant for H2K Sports where he designs and implement training plans for distance runners as well as critiques running technique through video analysis.
"I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to lead this program. I thanks Sean Sullivan and the entire search committee for their support, said Hankins. "I'm thrilled to be back in D.C., and look forward to leading CUA to a championship caliber level in the Landmark Conference, regionally and nationally. I'd also like to thank Potomac State Athletic Director Shawn White for giving me the opportunity to establish the program from scratch and I wish them the best moving forward."
A Washington, D.C., native, Hankins comes to CUA from Potomac State College of West Virginia University where he was the head coach for both the men's and women's cross country programs; the first in school history. In 2014 he earned WPCC Coach of the Year honors after his team to a league championship. He also led the Catamounts to a fourth-place NJCAA DIII finish in 2015 behind Jared Hallow's National runner-up performance.
Previous to Potomac State College, Hankins served as an assistant cross country and track & field coach specializing in the distance events at Montgomery College, Baker University and nearby St. John's College High School.
Coach Hankins' accomplishments include successfully coaching 3 NAIA All-Americans, 40 NAIA National Qualifiers, four top-12 NAIA National Finishes, six top-25 NAIA National Finishes, 10 Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) Team Titles, 35 Individual HAAC Champions, 155 HAAC All-Conference Athletes, 19 Daktronics Scholar Athletes, three Capital One Academic All-Americans. He also produced an NJCAA cross country national runner-up, USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week, NJCAA region champion, three NJCAA all-region athletes, a USTFCCCA All-American and NJCAA First Team All-American. Hankins' teams also earned the 2014 Western Pennsylvannia Collegiate Conference Championship and two NJCAA Region runners-up titles.
Hankins attended Muskingum University (Ohio) where he served as a two-year team captain and was a three time NCAA Regional Qualifier in Cross Country.
After college, Hankins competed for the Georgetown Running Company where he placed 10th overall in the Parks Half Marathon and 65th in the Marine Corps Marathon, good enough for a qualifying time for the Boston Marathon.
Hankins is a USATF Level 2 coach in the endurance events.