Head Men's Basketball Coach
Tom Hankins is in his second year at the helm of the Central Oklahoma program after a lenghty career as an assistant coach on the Division I level.
Hankins took over the UCO reigns in May 2015 and led the Bronchos to a 16-14 record and fifth-place finish in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association last season. UCO beat two league teams (Fort Hays State and Nebraska-Kearney) who advanced to the NCAA Division II playoffs and won a first-round MIAA Tournament home game before falling in the quarterfinals.
Tom spent 18 years in the Division I ranks, serving 15 years at Oral Roberts and then spending three seasons as associate head coach at Southern Illinois-Carbondale before coming to UCO.
ORU captured five Summit League championships and made three NCAA Division I national tournament appearances during Hankins’ tenure there. He also helped recruit forward Caleb Green, who scored 2,503 points and grabbed 1,189 rebounds during his career while winning Summit League Player of the Year honors three times.
Hankins went to SIU in 2012 as associate head coach and recruiting coordinator, spending three seasons there before coming to UCO.
Tom was a prep standout at Thomas Edison High School in Tulsa, finishing as the school’s career assists leader and earning Tulsa World All-Metro honors as a senior.
He went on to play two years at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M and two years at Northeastern State, ranking among the national leaders in assists as a senior with the RiverHawks.
Hankins started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at NEO and he also also stops at Frank Phillips College, Northwest Missouri and Tulsa East Central High School before getting hired at ORU.
Tom is married (Annie) and has three children (daughters Kamryn and Elizabeth and son Luke).
Assistant Men's Basketball Coach
In his second year as Central Oklahoma's assistant men's basketball coach is Cameron Henderson, who came to the Bronchos in July 2015 after a highly-successful three-year stint at Connors State College.
Henderson helped UCO to a 16-14 record in 2015-16, with the Bronchos tying for fifth in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association and making it to the quarterfinals of the MIAA Tournament.
Cameron spent the last three years as assistant coach at Connors before coming to UCO, helping the Cowboys go 79-18 during that span while qualifying for the junior college national tournament twice.
A three-time All-State performer at Hall High School in Little Rock, Ark., Henderson started his college career at Connors in 2007. He was a two-time All-Bi-State Conference and All-Region II selection for the Cowboys before signing with Division I Montana State.
Henderson was a two-year letterman for the Bobcats and then stayed on as a student assistant coach. He returned to Connors as assistant coach in 2012.
The Cowboys went 24-9 in 2012-13, followed with a 23-7 campaign and conference championship in 2013-14 and then had a 32-2 record this past season while winning conference and regional titles. Connors made the national tournament in 2013 and ’15, advancing to the Elite Eight this season.
Henderson recruited the 2014 and ’15 Region II MVP award winners and 11 players signed with Division I schools during his tenure at Connors.
Graduate Assistant Men's Basketball Coach
Serving in his second year as Central Oklahoma's graduate assistant coach is Daniel Wheeler.
Wheeler helped UCO to a 16-14 record in 2015-16, with the Bronchos tying for fifth in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association and making it to the quarterfinals of the MIAA Tournament.
Daniel came to the Bronchos after spending the previous two years as student assistant coach at MIAA rival Missouri Western.
Wheeler worked three years before that as student manager/assistant coach at Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa, helping the Mavericks to a best-year 27-4 record and conference championship during his last season.
A native of Burden, Kan., Daniel was a four-year standout in football, basketball and baseball at Central High School.