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Mark Hankins

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Mark Hankins, whose been a head coach at two Big Ten Conference schools, has been hired to be the men’s golf coach at Nebraska.

Most recently, Hankins was an assistant AD at Iowa. Before that, he was a head coach at Iowa and Michigan State.

“Mark Hankins will bring a track record of proven success in the Big Ten Conference and on the national level to our men’s golf program,” NU Athletic Director Bill Moos said Wednesday in a news release. “He has built strong teams at both Michigan State and Iowa, and we look forward to him providing leadership for Nebraska men’s golf.”

Hankins led the Hawkeyes to six consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and 11  tournament team championships from 2009 to 2014. He coached three All-Americans, 11 first-team All-Big Ten honorees and 16 All-Midwest Region selections during his seven seasons with the Hawkeyes.

Before Hankins’ arrival in Iowa City, the Hawkeyes had finished last at the 2007 Big Ten Conference Tournament and 155th in the final national rankings. Two years later, Iowa was 17th at the NCAA Championships. In 2011, Hankins led Iowa to a tie for 10th at the NCAA tournament, before adding a 22nd-place finish in 2012. In those two seasons, three Hawkeyes earned All-America honors.

“It is with great enthusiasm that I join the Nebraska athletic department and have the opportunity to lead a group of talented young men in striving to put Husker men’s golf in a position to compete for Big Ten championships and selection to the NCAA men’s golf championships,” Hankins said in a news release.

Hawkins replaces Bill Spangler, who was fired last month.

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Brent has worked at the Journal Star for 14 years. His beats include Nebraska volleyball, women's basketball and high school soccer and cross country.

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