Ian Hankins joined Catholic on Jan. 6, 2016. He spent two years as the head coach of both the men's cross country and track and field teams during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons.
During his time at Catholic, Hankins has mentored five All-Region athletes, 32 All-Conference athletes, two All-Academic Honorees, and five USTFCCCA All-Academic Teams. He worked with the 2017 Rookie of the Year, the 1500 Conference Champion, and the 2018 Mile Runner-Up in Joey LaPointe. Hankins has also coached four-time All-Region standout runner Kiera Lyons. Under Hankins, Lyons broke the school record in the cross country 6k, the 5k, both indoor and outdoor, as well as the outdoor 3k steeple chase.
Hankins has extensive knowledge in the running community, currently serving as a marketing associate and minority owner with the Track & Cross Country Journal (tccjournal.org) where his main focus is social media market research. He also serves as a sports performance consultant for H2K Sports where he designs and implements training plans for distance runners as well as critiques of running technique through video analysis.
A Washington, D.C., native, Hankins came to Catholic from Potomac State where he served as the inaugural head coach for both the men's and women's cross country programs for two years from 2014 to 2015. In 2014, he earned Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference (WPCC) Coach of the Year honors after guiding his team to a league championship. He also led the Catamounts to a fourth-place finish at the 2015 NJCAA Division III Cross Country Championships where one of his runners, Jared Hallow, finished second to earn national runner-up.
Prior to Potomac State, Hankins served as an assistant cross country and track & field coach at nearby Montgomery College, Baker University and St. John's College High School, specializing in distance events.
Hankins' accomplishments include successfully coaching three 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 selections, 19 Daktronics Scholar-Athletes and three CoSIDA Academic All-Americans. He also produced an NJCAA cross country national runner-up, USTFCCCA national athlete of the week, NJCAA regional champion, three NJCAA all-region athletes, two NJCAA region runner-up finishes, a USTFCCCA All-American and NJCAA First Team All-American.
Hankins attended Division III Muskingum where he served as a two-year team captain and was a three-time NCAA regional qualifier in cross country. After college, he competed for the Georgetown Running Company where he placed 10th overall in the Parks Half Marathon and 65th in the Marine Corps Marathon which qualified him for the Boston Marathon.
Hankins is a USATF Level 2 coach in the endurance events.