Hankins hired to run the cross-country program at Potomac State

Potomac State College of West Virginia University has announced the hiring of Ian Hankins as the Head Coach of the Men's and Women's Cross Country program. Set to begin the fall of 2014, Potomac State has added Cross Country for the first time in school history.

Ian Hankins
Ian Hankins

A Washington, DC native, Hankins comes to Potomac State College after serving as an Assistant Cross Country/ Track & Field Coach specializing in the distance events at Montgomery College, Baker University and St. John's College High School.  Coach Hankins' accomplishments include successfully coaching 3 NAIA All-Americans, 40 NAIA National Qualifiers, 4 top-12 NAIA National Finishes, 6 top-25 NAIA National Finishes, 10 Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) Team Titles, 35 Individual HAAC Champions, 155 HAAC All-Conference Athletes, 19 Dakatronics Scholar Athletes, 3 Capital One Academic All-Americans.

Coach Hankins brings extensive knowledge within the running industry.  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.  

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.  

Coach Hankins becomes the first Head Cross Country Coach in Potomac State history.  Hankins is excited to lead the Catamount Cross Country Program in their inaugural 2014 season. "I am thrilled and ecstatic to be given this opportunity to build a cross country team from scratch and lead the Catamounts to become a competitive program at the conference, regional and national level," stated Hankins.