Veteran Alabama high school head football coach Jack Hankins Jr. has been named the head football coach at Wayne County High School. Hankins, 47, is one of the winningest high school football coaches in the state of Alabama. He has been the head coach at Thomasville High School (AL) since 2002 and has compiled a remarkable overall coaching record of 169-62. Hankins has taken the Tigers to the playoffs in 18 of his 19 years as the Tigers’ head coach. Under Hankins’ leadership Thomasville has won 10 plus games in nine different seasons. The Tigers have suffered only one losing season during his tenure. He began at Thomasville as an assistant football coach after completing college in 1996 from West Alabama University.
A second-generation high school football coach, Hankins followed in his father’s footsteps. Hankins’ wife Denita is a native of Jackson, Alabama. They have two sons Cooper (19) and Carter (16) who both played for their father at Thomasville.
Hankins holds a Master of Arts in teaching with an emphasis in Biology and is a National Board Certified Teacher in Biology. He has taught both Biology & Anatomy at Thomasville in addition to his football duties.
Hankins was an All-American punter and also played quarterback while at Livingston (1992-95). He was also named all-conference both academically and athletically.
Hankins is taking over a War Eagles football program that suffered their first losing season since 1999, as they finished 4-6 in 2020. Two of those losses were district games that WC was forced to forfeit because of COVID-19 issues within the football program.
Hankins Coaching Highlights
*Overall head-coaching record is 169-62 (73.2%). Overall region record is 99-27 (79%).
2019 AHSAA North - South Game
-Defensive Coordinator for the South team
2011 ALABAMA - MISSISSIPPI All-Star Game
-Coached linebackers that included Reggie Ragland and Ryan Anderson
2007 ALABAMA - MISSISSIPPI All-Star Game
-Coached wide receivers that included Julio Jones
2007 AHSAA North - South Game
-Defensive coordinator for the South team
HEAD COACHING EXPERIENCE
*Head Coach at Thomasville High School for 19 years. He took over in 2002 at the age of 28.
His teams have made the playoffs every year except 2019 when THS had only five seniors that played.
THS made deep runs in the playoffs the majority of years under Hankins. Most years in Thomasville they advanced past the first round of the Alabama High School playoffs. Under Hankins their playoff record was 26-17.
*2006 Super Six 4A State Runner up
*2010 Super Six 4A State Champions
*2011 First recipient of the AHSAA Making a Difference Award. Award given to coaches that go above and beyond for the players making a difference off the field as well as on the field.
*Hankins has taken several of the Thomasville High School football teams to the National FCA Camps with players to Black Mountain, NC.
*He is a member of the AHSAA Legislative Board.