Tim Hankinson

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Tim Hankinson
Tim Hankinson 2010 Aug.jpg
Hankinson in August 2010
Personal information
Full name Timothy Milledge Hankinson
Date of birth (1955-02-18) February 18, 1955 (age 60)
Place of birth Manhattan, New York, United States
Club information
Current team
Indy Eleven (head coach)
Youth career
Years Team
1973–1976 Storm King School
1976–1979 University of South Carolina
Teams managed
Years Team
1979 Oglethorpe University
1980–1981 Alabama A&M
1982–1983 DePaul University
1985–1990 Syracuse University
1990–1991 UMF Tindastóll
1992–1994 Charleston Battery
1994–1995 Raleigh Flyers
1998–2000 Tampa Bay Mutiny
2001–2004 Colorado Rapids
2007–2008 Fort Lewis College
2009–2010 Salgaocar SC
2012–2013 San Antonio Scorpions
2015 Montego Bay United
2015– Indy Eleven

Timothy Milledge Hankinson (born February 18, 1955) is an American soccer coach.

Early career[edit]

The child of pianist Richard "Dick" Hankinson[1] and early television figure Nelle "Pokey" Hankinson (née Rahm) (d. 2010),[2] Hankinson's career as a player began at age 5 as a kindergarten student at St. David's School. The school had a relationship with a German soccer coach who taught the students how to play the game on the grassy spaces at nearby Central Park. Seeing the coach perform a simple trick with a ball intrigued the young player and a lifelong love of the game began.[3] Following his 8th grade graduation from St. David's, Hankinson continued his education and soccer playing in Upstate New York at The Storm King School, then at the University of South Carolina (USC). While a college student, he earned his USSF C and B Licenses, already knowing his future would lead to a career in coaching.[4]

Coaching career[edit]

Collegiate soccer[edit]

After graduating from USC in 1979, Hankinson's career as a head coach began at Oglethorpe University. After one season that ended with his team making an appearance as NAIA District Finalists, he moved on to the men's head coach post at Alabama A&M. In his two seasons at the helm, Hankinson's sides compiled an impressive 37–5–4 (W-L-D) record and made a pair of appearances in the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship finishing 3rd in 1980 and 2nd in 1981. Hankinson soon moved on to DePaul University for the 1982 and 1983 seasons where he helped transition the school's men's soccer program into the NCAA Division I ranks. He then took a year off before joining Syracuse University as their men's head coach in 1985.[5] From 1985 to 1990, Hankinson's teams were 69–40–18 (W-L-D) including a Big East Conference championship in 1985. Their performance also yielded individual recognition for the coach as he was named Big East Conference Coach of the Year for 1986.[citation needed]

Professional soccer[edit]

After a fair amount of success in the collegiate game, Hankinson turned to coaching professional players and from 1990 to 1991 was in the head coach role at UMF Tindastóll in Iceland's Úrvalsdeild (First Division). He was the first US national to coach in Iceland and in 1991 was awarded the FIFA-VISA Knattspyrnusamband Íslands Fair Play Award (aka Háttvísisverðlaun KSÍ).[citation needed] Hankinson returned home to the US and in 1992 helped found the Charleston Battery club which competed in the USL (known then as the United States Interregional Soccer League (USISL)). While head coach and general manager, Hankinson's squads reached the league playoffs in 1993, then returned again in 1994 where they advanced to the semi-finals. As reward for the team's 1994 success, Hankinson was named USISL Coach of the Year.[citation needed]

He then spent the 1995 season as the general manager of the Raleigh Flyers before joining the nascent MLS as their first Director of Player Development.[6] From 1996 to 1998 Hankinson led scouting and player development as the league worked to establish itself as both a viable enterprise and the top level of soccer in the US. During this same period, Hankinson was the head coach for Nike Project-40[7] where he worked with future MLS stars such as Ben Olson and soon-to-be US national team regulars like Tim Howard.

In 1998, Hankinson transitioned to become head coach of the now defunct Tampa Bay Mutiny.[8] The franchise won 39 games from 1998 to 2000 and made playoff appearances in 1999 and 2000 before the doors were closed following the 2001 season as part of the MLS contraction that downsized the league from 12 teams to 10. But by then, Hankinson had already departed for Denver to take the top job at Colorado Rapids in late 2000.[9] Hankinson's teams won 40 games during his time with the club and reached the playoffs three consecutive seasons between 2002 and 2004. This period also included a streak of 31 home games where the team lost just one game. In late 2004, the Rapids were sold by AEG to KSE and Hankinson was let go along with the bulk of the Rapids front office to make way for the new owner's leadership team.[citation needed] Regardless of the ownership change, with an average MLS head coach tenure of only 2.3 years[10] his four years in the position was far longer than most of his peers.

Seeking a change and looking to take his coaching to the next level, Hankinson decamped for Brazil and a stint with Serie A (First Division) Figueirense FC where he worked as a guest coach, learning Brazilian training methods and deepening his knowledge of the game.

Return to amateur soccer[edit]

Choosing to stay in Latin America, in 2006 he joined the Guatemala Football Federation as the U-17 men's head coach[11] where he led the side through International "friendlies" and a competitive, but ultimately unsuccessful, 2007 World Cup qualifying campaign. Hankinson once again looked to the US for his next opportunity and returned to his collegiate roots, and Colorado, in taking the reins at Fort Lewis College.[12] In just two seasons (2007 and 2008), his teams went 32–8–4 (W-L-D), won the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) twice, advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament twice[13][14] and, at times, were nationally ranked #1.[15] For his team's 2008 run, Hankinson was named 2008 RMAC Co-Coach of the Year.[16]

The call of the subcontinent[edit]

In mid-2009, Hankinson took yet another leap and went abroad for the third time to become the "chief coach" of Salgaocar SC in Vasco, Goa, India.[17][18] However, his time with the club was cut short after just six months. Unable to meet what many deemed unreasonable expectations to dramatically advance the club's standing in the I-League during the first half of the season, he parted with the club early in 2010.[19]

Youth soccer[edit]

After a period of reflection, Hankinson decided to try his hand in the one area of soccer where he'd previously not worked: the grassroots arena of American youth soccer. In late 2010, he joined the staff of Broomfield Soccer Club as its Director of Coaching,[20] citing the club's location in the familiar surroundings of Colorado, close proximity to family and the opportunity to "give back to the game" at the most fundamental level as key criteria in his decision to take the post.[21]

Return to the pro game[edit]

Following a productive year with Broomfield SC, Hankinson received an offer he could not refuse. On September 14, 2011, Hankinson was announced as the first head coach for San Antonio Scorpions of the North American Soccer League (NASL). His first task is to lead the assembly of their new professional side and take them into league play for the 2012 season.[22][23] During their inaugural season the Scorpions achieved a 13W-8D-7L to win the regular season title, but bowed out of the playoffs in the semi-finals. The 2013 season, however, after allowing 15 original scorpions go and replacing them with foreigners from Serbia, had a much bumpier ride and following a 8W-3D-11L start, Hankinson and the Scorpions parted ways August 27, 2013.[24] After a two year sabbatical, Hankinson joined Montego Bay United F.C. for a short, but successful stint, compiling a 7W-4D-2L record during the first half of their 2015–16 season from August through mid-November when Hankinson was lured back to the NASL and announced as the new head coach of Indy Eleven on December 2, 2015.[25][26]


  1. ^ "A pianist for all people". Workingwaterfront.com. Retrieved 2013-05-03. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "Interview With Tim Hankinson : International Football Coach". Sportskeeda. Retrieved 2013-05-03. 
  4. ^ Interview with Tim Hankinson, November 24, 2010
  5. ^ "Syracuse University Athletics – 1985 BIG EAST Champions". Suathletics.syr.edu. Retrieved 2013-05-03. 
  6. ^ 27-Feb-1998
  7. ^ 26-Feb-1998
  8. ^ 08-Jun-1998
  9. ^ 20-Dec-2000
  10. ^ Data for 1996 to 2010 acquired from various Wikipedia articles on MLS franchises; does not include interim coaches and recently added franchises Seattle Sounders FC and Philadelphia Union; calculation made November 22, 2010
  11. ^ 07-Sep-2006
  12. ^ 16-Feb-2007
  13. ^ 08-Nov-2007
  14. ^ 15-Nov-2008
  15. ^ 04-Sep-2007
  16. ^ "RMAC : Men's Soccer All-RMAC Teams". Rmacsports.org. Retrieved 2013-05-03. 
  17. ^ 09-Jul-2009
  18. ^ 26-Jan-2010
  19. ^ 04-Feb-2010
  20. ^ Shelton, Elwood K. "Broomfield Junior Soccer Club takes next step". Broomfield Enterprise. Retrieved 2013-05-03. 
  21. ^ Interview with Tim Hankinson, November 24, 2010
  22. ^ "Tim Hankinson Named Scorpions Head Coach | North American Soccer League". Nasl.com. 2011-09-13. Retrieved 2013-05-03. 
  23. ^ "Hankinson picked to coach expansion Scorpions 09/15/2011". SoccerAmerica. 2011-09-15. Retrieved 2013-05-03. 
  24. ^ "San Antonio fires Hankinson after 0–4–0 start 08/28/2013". SoccerAmerica. 2013-08-28. Retrieved 2015-12-02. 
  25. ^ "Tim Hankinson takes helm at Montego Bay United 08/17/2015". SoccerAmerica. 2015-08-17. Retrieved 2015-12-02. 
  26. ^ "Tim Hankinson Appointed Head Coach of Indy Eleven 12/02/2015". indyeleven.com. 2015-12-02. Retrieved 2015-12-02. 

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