Mel Hankinson

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Mel Hankinson
Sport(s) Basketball
Biographical details
Born (1943-01-10) January 10, 1943 (age 74)
Playing career
1961–1965 Indiana (PA)
Position(s) Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1970–1973 Slippery Rock
1973–1977 Roanoke
1977–1983 Delta State
1985–1987 Samford
1987–1993 Masters
1993–1998 West Virginia (asst.)
1998–2002 Liberty
Head coaching record
Overall 463-431
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
Trans American Semi Finals
Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 35

Mel Hankinson (born January 10, 1943) is a men's basketball coach and author. Hankinson has written a number of books and starred in videos on techniques for coaching basketball.

Hankinson spent over three decades coaching at the collegiate level. He came to his highest profile position as head coach on April 8, 1998 at Liberty University after three years as the top assistant at West Virginia University.[1]

Hankinson began his collegiate career as a head coach at Slippery Rock University where he spent three seasons highlighted by capturing the PSAC Western Division title in 1972. For that season he was named NAIA District 18 Coach of the Year.[2] Then the following year, Hankinson led the Rockets to the NAIA National Semifinals where the school recorded a 4th-place finish. He holds a master's degree from Indiana State University[3]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall


Slippery Rock Rockets (PSAC) (1970–1973)
1970–71 Slippery Rock 10-15 6-6 Fourth None
1971–72 Slippery Rock 17-7 6-6 Fourth None
1972–73 Slippery Rock 23-7 9-2 First (Western PIAA Conference0 4th at NAIA Nationals
Slippery Rock: 50-29 9-1
           = National Tournament Coach of Year
Roanoke Maroons (Mason-Dixon Conference) (1973–1977)
1973–74 Roanoke 24-6 8-2 First NCAA Div II Regionals
1974–75 Roanoke 14-13 8-2 First NCAA South Atlantic Finals
1975–76 Roanoke 6-20 Mason Dixon Confeerwence 5th None
1976–77 Roanoke 4-23 Mason Dixon Conference 5th None
Roanoke: 48-62 Not Recorded
Delta State Statesmen (Gulf South Conference) (1977–1983)
1977–78 Delta State 12-13 7-8 5th None
1978–79 Delta State 13-13 7-8 T-5th None
1979–80 Delta State 19-7 7-5 T-3rd Ncaa Tournament
1980–81 Delta State 15-13 4-8 T-5th None
1981–82 Delta State 18-9 8-4 3rd Trans American Semi-Finals
1982–83 Delta State 13-15 3-11 8th None
Delta State: 90-70 36-44
Samford Bulldogs (Trans America Athletic Conference) (1984–1987)
1984–85 Samford 18-12 7-7 T-5th Tournament Semifinals
1985–86 Samford 16-13 8-6 2nd Conference
1986–87 Samford 4-22 1-17 10th no
Samford: 38-47 16-30
Masters Mustangs (NAIA) (1987–1993)
1987–88 Master's College {{{overall}}} Independent Independent 8-2
1988–89 Masters 15-15 Independent Independent 1991-92 Second in the Nation (NCCAA)- 22-12
               1992-93 Second in the Nation (NCCAA)- 23-12 NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR
1989–90 Masters 19-17 Independent Independent None
1990–91 Masters 22-12 Independent Independent 8-2
1991–92 Masters 23-12 Independent Independent 8-2
1992–93 Masters 20-12 Independent Independent 8-2
Masters: 99-68 Independent
Liberty Flames (Big South Conference) ({{{startyear}}}–present)
1998–99 Liberty 4-23 0-10 6th None
1999–00 Liberty 14-14 4-10 7th none
2000–01 Liberty 13-15 5-9 6th none
2001–02 Liberty 5-25 2-12 8th Trans American Semi-Finals
Liberty: 36-77 11-41
Total: 463-431

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Playing history[edit]

Hankinson was a star player for Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The 59 points he scored on February 26, 1965 against Parsons still stands as a school and Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference record today.[4]

Books by Hankinson[edit]

  • Progressions for Teaching Basketball—Mel Hankinson, Cleveland, MS (1979) ISBN 978-0-9606492-0-4
  • Basketball Basketball Basketball Co-Authored by Margaret Wade—Delta State University, Cleveland, MS (1980) ISBN 978-9-99705-405-0
  • Bench Coaching - Offensive Strategy—Championship Books, Ames, IA (1983) 60 pgs. ISBN 978-0-89279-062-3
  • How to Teach Match-Up Zone—Educational Products Publishing Co. (1986) 68 pgs.
  • Motivation—S.N. (1987) 24 pgs.
  • Bench Coaching - Defensive Strategy—Championship Books, Ames, IA (1993) 131 pgs. ISBN 1-56404-053-4
  • The Numbered Motion Offense—Championship Books, Ames, IA (1993) 110 pgs. ISBN 978-1-56404-052-7

References[edit]

Michael J. Crawford, Sports Information Director, The Masters College