Hankins named Kemp Athletic Director
Posted by : May 11, 2014| On :
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP-Kemp superintendent Sam Swierc announced May 7 that baseball coach Brandon Hankins has been named Athletic Director replacing the recently departed Greg Anderson.
Hankins was selected from a field of 92 applicants and, according to Swierc, “has the passion, energy and enthusiasm to make Kemp’s total sports program a success.” Other characteristics looked for in an applicant were the capacity to build relationships and ability to strengthen the entire sports program, Swierc said.
Hankins just finished his third season as a head baseball coach at Kemp, the last two seasons taking the team to Bi-district contests.
Prior to coming to Kemp he worked four years in the Farris ISD, where he was football defensive coordinator and head baseball coach. His accolades at Kemp include 2013 District runner-up and appearances in the Bi-district round of the UIL playoffs in 2013 and 2014. Forty-six athletes were selected to the All-District teams during his 12-year coaching career and four have gone on to play at the next level in college.
A 2004 Texas State University graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise sports studies, Hankins was selected by a committee of Kemp administrators, teachers and coaches and deemed the best candidate for the AD position.
He worked at the primary school as a gym teacher, and is now working with junior high and high school student athletes. There are approximately 150 students participating in the Kemp ISD sports program, which includes basketball, baseball, football, golf, volleyball, track and field, softball, cross county and powerlifting.
Hankins said he brings a lot of energy and passion to the position and wants to see students become successful in academics first and athletics, second.
Hankins is 33, married to Haley and the couple has two daughters, ages 4 and 2. Their residence is between Ennis and Kemp. He says he comes from a coaching family. “I’ve been around some really good people who taught me a lot about coaching both from their instruction and their example,” he said. “Our biggest job is to inspire and motivate kids.” He hopes to increase the number of students participating in sports and to increase the investment every participant, including parents, in the sports program.
“I see us gaining respect throughout the state in how we treat the kids and the behavior of our student athletes, which begins in the classroom and spreads out from there.”