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 Joplin 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.