GoFundMe effort started for ailing Tim Hankinson

A GoFundMe effort has been started to assist globetrotting coach Tim Hankinson, who was diagnosed with cancer (Stage 4 adenocarcinoma) last fall.

Hankinson's coaching career has taken him to 16 teams in five countries. He is perhaps best known as the coach of the great Alabama A&M teams of the late 1970s and early 1980s and one of the few Americans who has worked abroad with stops at clubs in Iceland, India and Jamaica and the U-17 national team in Guatemala.

Hankinson, 65, also worked in MLS (Tampa Bay and Colorado), the NASL (San Antonio and Indy Eleven), old USISL (Charleston and Raleigh) and USL League One (Chattanooga).

He was an early MLS employee, joining the league in 1996 as director of player development and serving as the first coach of MLS's Project-40 team.

Hankinson's wife, Yvette, started the fundraiser to offset the cost of travel and medical expenses. All donations will go directly to his fight with cancer.

5 comments about "GoFundMe effort started for ailing Tim Hankinson".
  1. Frank Kohlenstein, January 31, 2021 at 9:28 a.m.

    Paul, great to get this story out! 

  2. Hyndman Schellas, January 31, 2021 at 10:02 a.m.

    I First met Tim when we played against Alabama A&M - one of the best teams in college soccer.
    a true gentleman to our game, who has done so much for our sport.
    Wishing Tim and his family God's Blessing !

  3. Joe Elsmore, January 31, 2021 at 12:34 p.m.

    Thoughts and Prayers to Tim and his Family ...

  4. Bret Simon, January 31, 2021 at 12:38 p.m.

    Having been briefly coached by Tim as well as coaching against his incredible Alabama A&M teams, I think of him as a pioneer and a bright light in the game. His willingness to embrace players from throughout the world and his passion for the game are difficult to overstate. Blessings to Tim and his family.

  5. Arnold Ramirez, January 31, 2021 at 1:04 p.m.

    Let's all chip in and give whatever you can. I first met Tim at Richard Broad's camp in the early 1970's. We also played against his college team Syracuse when I coached LIU. I remember even in winter he never wore sox. In January 1996 we were evaluators at the MLS combine. Really nice person who had a lot of success coaching in college and MLS. Wishing him the best.


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