Tiger Basketball School at East Central University
Kyle Hankins joined the Tigers’ men’s basketball staff for the 2018-19 season as an assistant coach.
Hankins comes to the Tigers after spending three seasons as an assistant coach at Oklahoma Baptist University. While with the Bison, Hankins helped coach two All-Great American Conference Honorable Mention selections, while OBU transitioned from NAIA to the NCAA. He helped recruit four players who signed professional contracts.
Prior to his stint with the Bison, Hankins worked at Southwestern Christian University for a season. He helped the school win their first Sonner Athletic Conference Tournament game in his brief stint as an assistant coach. He also coached two All-SAC players and the conference Freshman of the Year.
In 2009, Hankins was hired as an assistant coach at Centre College. While there he was part of two conference championships and two NCAA Division III tournament appearances. He mentored four all-league players, a conference player of the year and a two-time conference defensive player of the year.
After three years at Centre College, Hankins moved on to ONPoint Academy in Oklahoma City, as the head coach for one season.
Hankins started he coaching career at Brescia University in the 2006-07 season as an assistant coach. He directed the guards and coached three all-region players in one season. From 2007-09, Hankins was an assistant coach at Kentucky Wesleyan College. While with the Panthers, Hankins helped the team to the NCAA tournament both seasons and saw three players earn all-conference honors and one earn All-American honors.
Hankins was a four-year letter winner at Morehead State University (Kentucky) and played on the 2003 Ohio Valley Conference championship team., the first conference title for the Eagles in 25 years.
He prepped at Bloomington High School South, where he was a Hoosier Basketball Magazine All-State pick twice and Nike All-American selection. The four-year started helped the team to an 80-14 record and a trip to the state Final Four. Hankins was also selected to the Indiana All-Star Team and a Hoosier Times First Team All-State Selected as a senior.
Aside from coaching at the collegiate level, Hankins has been involved in many basketball camps around the country. He has been a camp coordinator for the Todd Lee Basketball Camps (KWC) and helped run the Oklahoma City Thunder Camps.
The Bloomington, Ind., native earned a bachelor’s degree in sports marketing and management from Morehead State in May 2006.
Hankins resides in Ada, Okla., with his chocolate lab, Hoosier.
Lucas Hunter joined the East Central University men’s basketball coaching staff for the 2017-18 season as a graduate assistant coach.
In his first season with the Tigers, Hunter worked with the forwards and helped lead the team to a third-place finish in the Great American Conference standings. Along with his role on the floor, Hunters helped assist with recruiting, scheduling travel, overseeing student-athlete academics and scouting opponents.
Hunter comes to the Tigers after being a manager for the men’s basketball program at Southern Illinois University. In two seasons as the lead manger the Salukis had great success, finishing in the top four in the Missouri Valley Conference. Prior to his work at SIU, Hunter served as a student manager at the University of Alabama.
While at SIU his duties included on floor skill development of guards and forwards, assisting with scouting reports, evaluating recruiting prospects, helping with on campus visits, working on film breakdown and coordinating team travel and meals.
The Carterville, Ill., native earned a bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois in Civil and Environmental Engineer in May 2017 and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in sports administration from East Central.