Former Mobay coach Hankinson named 2016 NASL Coach Of The Year
Former coach of Red Stripe Premier League champions team Montego Bay United FC, Timothy Hankinson, has been named the 2016 North American Soccer League (NASL) Coach of the Year.
Hankinson coaches the Indy Eleven in the North American Soccer League.
Hankinson, in his first year, the third-year club, was named as the club's second head coach in December last year.
Hankinson helped to engineer an impressive turnaround for the Boys in Blue. With Hankinson at the helm, the club embarked on a path to integrate a number of talented veterans into the squad and to bolster an offence that last year came to depend on scoring from the midfield. Over the course of the NASL spring season, Indy cobbled together a 4W-6D-0L record, capturing the Spring Season title on a tiebreaker over the New York Cosmos. The club knocked off FC Edmonton, 1-0, on Nov. 5 to reach the championship final and will face the New York Cosmos.
"Awards come with many layers to it," Hankinson said. "I look at the front office; our ownership; our general manager and president - the support they've given us; my technical staff - guys like Tim Regan, who has coached in this league all three years he's been here; as well as medical and other people behind the scenes; and the players.
"It's all of the ingredients coming together and finding that consistency, from the start to the finish, which is what an award like that is about," Hankinson added. "It's not just me."