Iowa elevates men's coach Hankins to assistant AD

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IOWA CITY, Iowa – Mark Hankins has resigned after seven seasons as head men's golf coach at Iowa to accept a promotion to assistant athletic director, the school announced Tuesday.

Hankins, 44, led the Hawkeyes to NCAA regional appearances in the past six seasons.

“Mark and I have had discussions in regards to his career path for some time, and I am happy to have Mark’s assistance to our administrative staff,” athletic director Gary Barta said. “This transition is a win/win. He’ll start his next career phase at Iowa, and we’ll tap into his significant expertise to work on some athletic-department strategic-plan initiatives.”

Hankins "played a major role in the fundraising, design and completion of the James M. Hoak Family Golf Complex that has enhanced our men’s and women’s golf programs,” Barta said.

Among the immediate duties for Hankins will be to help find his successor, whom Iowa plans to hire before the fall season.

Iowa finished the 2013-14 season at No. 41 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings. Under Hankins, the team finished a school-record tie for 10th in the 2011 NCAA Championship.

Hankins, a native of Mount Pleasant, Iowa, played golf at Iowa State, where he graduated in 1993. He started his coaching career at Texas-Arlington before moving to Michigan State, where he guided the Spartans to two Big Ten Conference titles in seven seasons.

“I start the next stage of my career confident that the state of Iowa golf is at an all-time high," Hankins said. "With a great returning team, a top-ranked schedule in the Big Ten Conference and four incoming recruits that are nationally ranked among the best in the country, I can move on with a sense of completion."

Information from Iowa's athletic department was used in this report

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