Started playing club soccer at age 11 in North Dallas for AYSES soccer club for the top league in the area. Played for multiple clubs throughout the years including Andromeda soccer club, Texas Longhorns soccer club and top ranked Dallas Texans Soccer Club. Played in big time tournaments such as the ESPN Disney Showcase in Florida and Dallas cup where teams from all over the world come to play.
Varsity all 4 years of high school at Richardson High School in Richardson,TX. Captain of the team senior year and earned all-district honors senior year. Ran track all 4 years of high school and was all region and all district senior year.
Played soccer and ran track for 2 years at McMurry University in Abilene,TX. Started as a freshman on the field and was second in goals scored and was nominated for freshman of the year. 4x All- American in track as well as a National Champion( school record and national record 24-4).
Ran track for 2 years at Missouri Southern State University where he holds the outdoor long jump record as well as 2 record in the relays. (4x1 and 4x4).
Made his debut with the Demize PASL team this year and was the leading goal scorer with 13 goals.
Has played 2 years for the Demize NPSL team
After finishing his collegiate career, Hanlon moved on to play with the Sioux City Breeze, Des Moines Menace, Springfield Storm, Springfield Demize in the United Soccer Leagues (USL) and with the Saint Louis Steamers in the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL). He has played abroad in Canada, England, Spain, Trinidad and Tobago and throughout the U.S.
As a collegiate coach, Hanlon was an assistant Drake University, Grandview College and Missouri State University. At the Youth level, Hanlon coached for Iowa United Soccer Club where he won multiple state championships on the both boys and girls sides. At the Region-II Championships in 2001, his U18 boys made it the Final Four playing up in the U19 division.
During his ten year time span coaching within the Olympic Development Program (ODP) Hanlon has had the opportunity to coach in Eastern Pennsylvania, Iowa and Missouri. While in Iowa, Chris had the opportunity to coach his brother, David Hanlon, who was a member U14, U15 and U16 US National Teams. Chris also served as a Assistant Coach for Ankeny High School boy's and girl's teams.
Hanlon currently is the Founder and Director of Coaching for the Springfield Demize Academy and the Director of Soccer Operations and Head Coach for the Demize National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) team. He has also served in a variety of roles in coaching and the management side of the game, including time as a general manager and head coach for the Springfield Storm and Springfield Demize Premier Development League (PDL) teams and the Springfield Demize Premier Arena Soccer League (PASL) team. He also serves as the Co-Chairman for the NPSL Pro Combine Technical Commitee and as the South Central Conference Liason to the NPSL's executive board.
Hanlon holds the National ( Distinguished Pass ), Advanced National and Premier Diplomas with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and has 20 years of professional coaching experience.