Skyhawk Football | Jordon Hankins - Associate Head Coach/Linebackers/Special Teams
Jordon Hankins begins his sixth season overall and fifth as the Skyhawks' associate head coach in 2015. He starts his third season working with the linebackers after spending the previous three seasons as the running backs coach. He will also continue as the strength and conditioning coach at his alma mater in 2015.
Last season, Hankins' tutelage guided a pair of All-OVC performers in linebacker Tony Bell and Nick Dance. Bell, UT Martin's all-time sacks (22.5) leader, finished 16th in the final voting for The Sports Network Buck Buchanan Award, annually presented to the best defensive player in the FCS ranks. He completed his highly-decorated career with a school-record 22.5 career sacks and also earned a tryout with the NFL's Tennessee Titans in May 2015. Meanwhile, Dance captured All-Newcomer honors after tallying 56 tackles in his first season as a Skyhawk.
UT Martin's special teams also thrived under Hankins in 2014, as the Skyhawks led the OVC in PAT kicking (.978, 44-of-45) while ranking second in field goals (80 percent, 12-for-15) and punting (36.9 yard net average). UT Martin also ranked in the top-10 nationally in kickoff return defense (16.22 yard net average, ninth) and punt return defense (4.21 yard net average, 10th).
In 2013, Hankins coached two of the best linebackers in the nation in Ben Johnson and Bell. Johnson led the Ohio Valley Conference for the second straight season in tackles (102) while Bell sat atop of the league rankings in sacks (10.5) and tackles for loss (15). Both Skyhawks earned All-American honors for their remarkable seasons.
Hankins also coached a special teams unit that led the OVC in PAT kicking (33-for-33, 1.000) and ranked second in punting (37.4 net yards per punt).
Hankins coached a stable of running backs in 2012, including Tevin Barksdale (116 carries, 539 yards), Jason McNair (112 carries, 460 yards) and DJ McNeil (103 carries, 402 yards). Both McNair (2,081 yards) and Barksdale (1,765 yards) each finished their careers in the top-10 in UT Martin in career rushing while McNeil finished fifth in the OVC with nine rushing touchdowns.
In 2011, Hankins helped oversee a Skyhawk offense that ranked in the top-25 nationally in scoring offense (34.64 points, 13th), total offense (427.18 yards per game, 19th) and rushing offense (191.64, 25th).
In Hankins' first year as a UT Martin coach, the Skyhawk offensive unit ranked 24th in the country in total offense (393.27 yards per game).
Before UT Martin, Hankins served as an assistant coach and the head strength and conditioning coach at Riverdale High School for four years under coach Ron Aydelott.
Hankins, who played linebacker from 2001-03 for head coaches Sam McCorkle and Matt Griffin, graduated from UT Martin in 2005. Hankins finished his career with 31 solo tackles and 51 total tackles.
Hankins prepped at Lewis County High School in Hohenwald where he helped lead the team to three regional football championships. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards his senior year and was named a 1998 Mr. Football Finalist. He earned all-state honors in both football and baseball.
Hankins has a bachelor's degree in education and a Master's degree in education from UT Martin. He also has a physical education endorsement. He is married to the former Christa Webb (a Skyhawk softball alum who also received her Master's degree from UT Martin) and has two children, Colt and Case.