||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:
(Photos credit: Denny Posteraro)
|Hanksinson's coaching stops in his career
Shannock Valley H S
|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."