Copiah Academy recently pulled off a shocker in naming Billy Wayne Hankins to the head football coach/ athletic director position. Hankins is a high school graduate of Simpson County Academy, got his B.S. from USM, and his Masters from Capella. He was previously Headmaster at Simpson. He left Simpson after 25 years on the football staff; including 12 years as head coach. He won four MAIS state championships and had an overall record of 128 wins and 26 losses.
Hankins stated that he loved Simpson. It is a place where he spent most of his life; but the timing was right to start something different. He recently got married in December and feels this will allow him to spend more time with his wife and family.
He feels that Copiah is an outstanding school; which previously has had outstanding coaches. He appreciates the opportunity to work with new Headmaster Mitch Mitchell. During his short time at Copiah the faculty and staff have made it evident to him that they are supportive of athletics. The parent’s reception of his hire has pleased him. He feels it takes more than coaches and players to build a program; it requires an entire school community to buy into the program.
When asked about his philosophy; Hankins stated he is probably more old school than most. He believes the first step in the process should change the culture to fit their system. The program will demand accountability and discipline from coaches and players. He feels that obviously this will not be a good fit for everyone and knows that he may lose some players. The feeling is the players that stick with the program will benefit from their hard work not only in football but in life. His hope is to establish a work ethic second to none. He tells his new players every day that all good programs work hard but we are going to work just a little harder.
His other goal is to improve Copiah’s football facilities. He believes the field and stadium are top notch. He does feel that there are improvements to be made at the field house. He stated that the field house is in the process of being remodeled both inside and out. The program’s belief is that it demands a lot from its players; and in return the program wants them to have the best equipment and facilities possible.
Hankins concluded the interview by stating; the bottom line is he missed everything about coaching. He feels the longer he was out of coaching the more he missed coaching. He missed the direct interaction with the player and coaches; not to mention the competition. He even misses practices; but then stated nothing compares to the feeling of Friday nights.
MISS Sports Forums would like to thank Coach Hankins for his time and wish him the best of luck in building his program.