IOWA CITY, Iowa — Currently in his second year as the University of Iowa’s Assistant to the Director of Athletics, Mark Hankins was selected as a member of the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Committee on May 5. Hankins’ term of service will last from September, 2016, until the end of August, 2020.
“I’m excited to gain selection onto the NCAA Golf Committee,” said Hankins. “I’ve been involved with college golf for a long time and will bring perspective not only as a current administrator, but also as a former coach in the interests of continuing to advance NCAA golf’s significance and exposure within the NCAA landscape.”
One of eight members on the committee, Hankins’ duties will include selection and seeding of the competing golf teams in the NCAA Regional Championships, while also attending annual meetings with the Golf Coaches Association of America regarding NCAA Championship format, scoring, media, and factors influencing NCAA men’s golf. Hankins was chosen to serve as the NCAA West Regional site representative this past week, organizing and administering the 14-team field that competed for advancement to the NCAA Finals.
Hankins, a native of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, previously served as head coach of the Iowa men’s golf program from 2007-2014. Hankins played a key role in bringing the Hawkeyes to a national level of prominence during his seven-year stint at the helm, guiding them to six consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, including a tie for 10th place at the NCAA Championships in 2011 — the highest finish in the history of Hawkeye men’s golf.
Iowa won 11 tournament titles and advanced to the NCAA Championship Finals three times under Hankins. Hankins also coached three All-Americans, 11 All-Big Ten selections, one Big Ten Player of the Year, five Academic All-Americans, and 17 Academic All-Big Ten honorees. The Hawkeyes made six straight NCAA appearances under Hankins’ guidance, a streak that has been extended to eight straight under current head coach Tyler Stith. Iowa and Illinois are the only Big Ten programs to have competed in NCAA postseason competition in each of the last eight seasons.
Eric Sexton – Athletic Director (Wichita State)
Jonathan Roos – Assistant Athletic Director (Monmouth)
Bruce Brockbank – Head Coach (BYU)
Scott Leiberwirth – Head Coach (UTEP)
Brad Hurlbut – Deputy Director of Athletics (Sacred Heart)
Mike Holder – Athletic Director (Oklahoma State)
Scott Schroeder – Head Coach (North Florida)
Mark Hankins – Assistant Athletic Director (Iowa)