The Saga of Mel Hankinson
 

Mel Hankinson was born in Indiana, PA on Jan 28, 1943 and graduated from Marion Center High School where he scored 45 points in the 1961 District Championship Game.
-he then played at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he scored 59 points in a 1965 PSAC game (a record that still stands).

 

These photos were taken in 1973 when Mel Hankinson was the head coach at Slippery Rock University and was one of the featured clinicians at the "Flying Dutch" Basketball Camp in St. Mary's, PA.  He was drilling the players on one of his specialties, "man-to-man" defense.  At the camp in 1973, the other clinicians included Tom "Satch" Sanders from the Boston Celtics, and Dr. Ken Jones from the University of Buffalo

Other notable speaking engagements included:
-Dortmund, Germany
-Moscow, Russia
-Aarhus, Denmark
-Chicago, Illinois
-Atlanta, Georgia
-Dallas, Texas
-St. Louis, Missouri
and
-the NCAA Final Four


(Photos credit: Denny Posteraro)
Hanksinson's coaching stops in his career

-1965-68, Shannock Valley  H S
-1968-1974, Slippery Rock University
-1974-1977, Roanoke College
-1977-1983, Delta State University (Cleveland, Mississippi)
-1983-1984, University of Iowa
-1984-1987, Samford University (Birmingham, AL)
-1987-1993, Masters College (Santa Clarita, CA)
-1993-1998, West Virginia University
-1998-2002, Liberty University (Lynchburg, VA)
-2003-2004, Western Harnett H S (Lillington, NC)
-2004-2007, Middle  Creek H S (Apex, NC)
-a stroke in 2007 ended his coaching career

 

Also a successful author
-he wrote 8 basketball books
-he did 6 instructional videos

 

But probably the key element in the career of Mel Hankinson- he brought both enthusiasm and class to the game of basketball,  well  enjoying well traveled and well published success.  He makes Pennsylvania proud to call him "one of ours."
He lives today in Westfield, Indiana working to over come his stroke.