Cortez Hankton completed his second year as the wide receivers coach with the Commodores in 2016.
Hankton, a former National Football League wide receiver who has enjoyed success mentoring receivers in the Ivy League,
joined Head Coach Derek Mason's staff in January 2015 and was part of a turnaround which saw the Commodores earn a spot in the
Camping World Independence Bowl game vs North Carolina State in 2016.
In 2015, a pair of sophomores, Trent Sherfield and Caleb Scott, stepped forward as solid receiving threats in Hankton's first year on campus.
Sherfield finished the year with 51 catches, good for 659 yards and three touchdowns. Sherfield's reception total ranks third all-time
by a Commodore sophomore. Scott finished the year with new career highs of 24 catches and 339 receiving yards.
Hankton, a former six-year NFL veteran out of Texas Southern University, spent the three years prior to coming to Vanderbilt at Dartmouth University mentoring wide receivers. In that time, he helped the Big Green to a 20-10 overall record, including a 8-2 mark in 2014.
In 2014, Hankton's receivers helped the Dartmouth offense average 31.3 points and 248.1 passing yards. His top receiver, Ryan McManus, earned All-Ivy League honors after catching 68 passes for 879 yards and eight touchdowns.
Hankton's produced an All-Ivy caliber receiver all three years at Dartmouth. In 2012, senior Michael Reilly earned first-team recognition with McManus receiving honorable mention. In 2013, Big Green receiver Bo Patterson was an Ivy League honorable mention recipient.
Hankton joined Dartmouth in 2012 by way of University of Central Florida, where he spent three months working as a volunteer assistant of player personnel. In that role, he helped formulate recruiting priorities and travel plans, plus evaluated prospective student-athletes and broke down film of recruits. From 2008-10, Hankton also has spent time training draft-eligible athletes for the NFL combines with Tom Shaw Performance Training Camps. In early 2010, he also served as non-paid receiver coach at Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando.
A native of New Orleans, Hankton is the son of Cortez Sr. and Sherome Hankton, both officers in the New Orleans Police Department. Hankton was a standout athlete and multi-year starter at St. Augustine High School in New Orleans.
Hankton and his wife, the former Shon Holder, were married July 2014. They are the parents of an infant son, Cortez Hankton III.
Off the field in 2011, Hankton created Black Ice Concept, an organization that strives to increase minority presence in winter sports by obtaining sponsorships and funding to subsidize expenses for the athletes. He has demonstrated his commitment to academics many times over as well, including the creation of the Cortez Hankton Scholarship Fund for exemplary student-athletes in 2003 and his work with Read Across America through the NFL and the National Education Association.
IN THE NEWS
Vanderbilt Adds Cortez Hankton To Complete Staff, The Tennessean, (1/19/2015)
After NFL, Hankton Catches the Coaching Bug, www.NFLPlayerEngagement.com, (10/16/2012)
Click here for feature on Cortez, "Risk Rewarded"