Kristen Hankins is in her first year as the Director of Spirit & Traditions at Baylor University, she is also the head coach for the Songleaders dance team, Bruiser & Marigold mascot teams. Kristen was the Athletic Director for Heights Preparatory in Dallas, TX from 2014-2017 along with her director duties Kristen coached varsity volleyball, competitive cheer & dance. The athletics program had its three most successful seasons under the direction of Hankins.
Kristen was the founding coordinator of the Wayland Baptist University Spirit Teams and coach of the competitive cheer and dance programs. Both squads enjoyed great success at the 2013 NCA/NDA Collegiate Nationals in Daytona Beach, Fla., and CCA Collegiate Championship in Salem, North Carolina. Both teams were nationally ranked since their inaugural year in 2010 -2014.
A graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University, she was a member of and later an assistant coach for the nationally-ranked SFA Pom Squad 2000-2007. Hankins served as the assistant director of the national champion McLennan Community College Dance Company in 2009-2010. She was nominated for consideration to receive a NISOD Excellence Award while at MCC.
As a member of the American Dance and Drill Team staff for the past 14 years, the Universal Cheerleaders Association, US Tumblers Coach Hankins has taught clinics, camps and judged cheer and dance team try-outs and contests across the nation. She also taught and developed gymnastic and competitive dance programs for two years for the Boys & Girls Club of Deep East Texas.
Coach Hankins received a Master of Coaching & Athletic Administration at Concordia University in 2016 and a bachelor's degree in communication advertising with a minor in kinesiology from SFA in 2005.
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