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Jimmy Hankins named Elkins football head coach

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Former Lewis County assistant coach Jimmy Hankins has been named the new head coach of the Elkins High School football program. Hankins was officially named the 16th head coach in team history following approval from the Randolph County Board of Education Tuesday evening.

Hankins comes to Elkins from Lewis County High School, where he spent nine seasons as an assistant coach. Prior to LCHS, Hankins has also been an assistant coach at Robert C. Byrd High School, Providence High School in Charlotte, N.C. and River Valley High School in Gallia County, Oh. He is a native of Ironton, Oh. and a graduate of Marshall University.

“I appreciate this opportunity, it’s an honor and a privilege,” Hankins said. “I know we’ve got a lot of hard work ahead of us, but I’m excited to start a new chapter in Fighting Tiger football.”

“Coach Hankins has been a huge part of our program for nearly a decade,” said Lewis County head coach Dustin Cogar. “He will be missed. Coach Hankins is a grinder, always working and studying, looking for an edge. I am very happy to see him get his shot at being a head coach.”

“I would like to thank all of the coaches that applied for the head coaching position at Elkins High School. I, and the hiring committee, were thoroughly impressed with the number of quality applicants that we had for this position. It is exciting to see the high level of interest that this vacancy attracted,” said Elkins assistant principal Brian Currence.

“We are very excited to bring a high caliber coach like Coach Hankins to the Elkins Football family. With his coaching experience, and especially his Big 10 Conference experience, we are very excited for the future of the program.”

Hankins replaces Evan Hott, who resigned after four seasons leading the Tigers. Evan’s father Greg coached the program for the previous twenty seasons from 1997-2016. Elkins qualified for the Class AA playoffs in November and collected their first playoff victory in school history with a 42-27 win at top-seeded Sissonville.