Officer Brandon Hanks has aspired to be a basketball coach for some time, and has used the game to connect with area youth while out on patrol. - Screen grab of news report.

Officer Brandon Hanks has aspired to be a basketball coach for some time, and has used the game to connect with area youth while out on patrol.

Screen grab of news report.

An officer with the Syracuse Police Department who became nationally famous after a viral video showed him challenging local young people to one-on-one competitions has been added as an assistant coach for the Cicero-North Syracuse's boys basketball team during the school district's board meeting Monday night.

According to Syracuse.com, Officer Brandon Hanks has aspired to be a basketball coach for some time, and has used the game to connect with area youth while out on patrol.

"It was always a dream of mine to coach basketball," Hanks said. "I'm looking forward to building with the kids. Not only am I teaching the fundamentals of basketball, I'm also here as a life coach."

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