Alumni Spotlight: HPS Recognizes Mr. Martin Hankins

Martin Daniel Hankins is from Hattiesburg, and is a 2003 graduate of Hattiesburg High School. Mr. Hankins serves as the Lamar County Circuit Clerk and is currently serving his second term. He previously served as an Alderman at-large in Purvis, Mississippi from March 2014 until January 2016. While serving as an Alderman, Hankins worked as an Investment/Insurance Advisor with his father who has been in practice for 42 years in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Hankins began his colligate career at Southeastern Louisiana University on a full-tuition, athletic football scholarship. After two years, he transferred to the University of Memphis, where he played three seasons and later received his Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree with a concentration in Business Communications and Sports Management. Martin is currently a member of the Mississippi Association of Circuit Clerks, Lions Club International of Sumrall, and the Exchange Club of Hattiesburg. Martin and his wife, Kayla Hankins, reside in Purvis, Mississippi including their daughter, Lillian Kate, and son Daniel Klein.  

In addition to his full-time job, Martin Hankins spends his weekends in the fall officiating football games as a Southeastern Conference Football Official. He began officiating with the Southeastern Conference in 2016 and has remained in this role since then. Martin has had the opportunity to officiate the SEC Championship in 2017 and 2018 and the Valero Alamo Bowl in 2019 & 2020. Before joining the SEC, Hankins spent 2015 as a football official with the Sun Belt Conference. In 2014, Hankins joined the Conference USA and the Gulf South Conference as an official and worked a handful of games for each conference. He began officiating collegiate football in 2013, working for the Southern Athletic Association and Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges and, remained in these conferences until 2015. In 2014, Hankins officiated the MACJC state championship and the 2014 NCCAA Victory Bowl. He started his officiating career with the Hattiesburg Officials Association for Mississippi High School Activities Association in 2010 and continues to be a member. Martin is currently a member of the National Association of Sports Officials and College Football Officials.