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Tom Hankins enters his third season on the staff at Southern Illinois University as the program's associate head coach. Last season, he filled in as acting head coach for one game while Coach Hinson attended a family funeral.
Hankins, a native and lifelong resident of Tulsa, Okla., spent 15 seasons as an assistant at Oral Roberts before coming to SIU. He was originally hired by Hinson at ORU in 1997, and served under him for two seasons (1997-99).
During his tenure at Oral Roberts, the Golden Eagles won five Summit League regular-season championships and made three NCAA Tournament appearances (2006, 2007, 2008), along with two trips to the NIT (2005, 2012).
In addition to serving as the top assistant, Hankins is Southern's recruiting coordinator. At Oral Roberts, Hankins helped recruit forward Caleb Green, who scored 2,503 points and grabbed 1,189 rebounds in his career from 2003-07. A three-time conference Player of the Year, Green led the Golden Eagles to a pair of NCAA Tournament berths.
Hankins graduated from Thomas Edison High School in Tulsa in 1984. He was the school's career assist leader and was selected to the Tulsa World All-City basketball team his senior year. He played collegiately for both Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Junior College (1984-86) and Northeastern State (1987-89), where he was ranked in the NAIA top 10 for assists as a senior.
After obtaining a master's degree in education from Northwest Missouri State, Hankins made coaching stops at Frank Phillips College, Northwest Missouri State and Tulsa East Central High School.
Hankins, who saw Larry Bird and Indiana State play at the University of Tulsa when he was growing up, said he has an appreciation for the Missouri Valley Conference and especially Southern Illinois.
Hankins and his wife, the former Annie Sisler, have three children: daughters, Kamryn Rae (15) and Elizabeth Ann (13), and son, Luke James (10).