Men's Volleyball

Pete Hanson

Position:
Head Coach

Experience:
30th season

College:
Ball State, 1979

Pete Hanson

04/24/2014

Driss Guessous Named an All-American

Redshirt freshman tabbed Second Team All-America

03/17/2014

No. 15 Ohio State Hosts Harvard Tuesday

Tuesday's match will be the first meeting between the two programs

02/25/2014

No. 13 Ohio State Hosts No. 14 Ball State Wednesday

The Buckeyes and Cardinals face off for the first time this season in a highly-anticipated match

02/19/2014

No. 14 Ohio State Welcomes Grand Canyon to St. John Arena

The Buckeyes and the Antelopes will play Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. ET

01/30/2014

No. 15 Ohio State Travels to No. 1 Loyola for MIVA Tilt

The Buckeyes and the Ramblers face off at 5 p.m. ET in Chicago

Pete Hanson, a native of Flint, Mich., is the eighth volleyball coach for the Ohio State program. In 29 years at Ohio State he has posted a 581-305 (.655) record.

During his tenure with the Buckeyes, Hanson has been named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Coach of the Year 11 times. He has also earned two AVCA Coach of the Year and Volleyball Magazine Coach of the Year honors. Hanson has guided Ohio State to 15 MIVA regular season titles and 10 NCAA appearances, including the program's first national title in 2011.

After finishing second in the MIVA following his first season in 1985, Hanson earned his first MIVA title at the helm of the Ohio State program with a 25-15 overall record. The squad captured the league title the following year and each season concluded with a fourth-place finish in the NCAA.

Ohio State earned its third MIVA title under Hanson in 1993 and finished the year with a 28-10 overall record. Hanson earned his second MIVA Coach of the Year honor after guiding the team the NCAA Final Four. The Buckeyes captured back-to-back MIVA titles in 1995 and 1996, but fell to Lewis and Ball State, respectively, in the conference tournament title match.

In 2000, Hanson earned his first AVCA National Coach of the Year honor after guiding Ohio State to its third-straight MIVA title and its first appearance in the national title match since 1977.

Hanson and the Buckeyes captured the first of six-straight MIVA regular season titles in 2007 after finishing 23-4 overall. During the span, Ohio State advanced to the NCAA Championships four times.

The squad reached a major milestone in 2011 as Hanson directed Ohio State to the school's first NCAA Championship in men's volleyball with a 3-2 victory over UC Santa Barbara. OSU was 26-6 overall and won the MIVA regular season championship with an 11-1 mark. The Buckeyes won a fourth-straight MIVA Tournament to earn a trip to the NCAA Championship semifinals. Hanson was named the MIVA Coach of the Year and was named National Coach of the Year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association and Volleyball Magazine.

Prior to Ohio State, Hanson served two seasons as assistant coach for the University of Wyoming women's volleyball team before becoming the program's head coach in 1982.

His college career began at Kellogg Community College in Michigan, which he attended for two years. At Kellogg C.C., his team won the National Junior College Athletic Association Championships in 1976 and 1977. During the 1976 season he was selected to the N.J.C.A.A. All-America Team. In 1977, he played on the United States team that competed against the Suntory Volleyball Club from Japan and toured across the United States, playing a team from the People's Republic of China.

Hanson then transferred to Ball State University, where he played during the 1978 and 1979 seasons, winning the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Championship in 1979 and finishing fourth in the NCAA Championships. In both years he was named an All-MIVA selection and was selected as the Most Valuable Player for Ball State. After graduating in 1979 with a degree in natural resources and geology, he stayed at Ball State the next year, serving as an assistant coach.

In recent years Hanson has been honored with his selection to various regional and national coaching positions. He was an assistant coach for the 1986 National Sports Festival. The next summer he was the assistant coach at the Olympic Sports Festival for the gold medalist North team. Three of his players participated on teams in the festival. In 1988, he was an assistant coach at the National Elite Junior Training Camp. The following year he worked as the head coach of the East squad at the Olympic Sports Festival. He was an assistant coach for the USA Men's "B" Team during the summers of 1994 and 1995. Hanson assisted the United States Men's Olympic team in Atlanta in 1996. He was an assistant coach for the USA team at the World University Games, held in China, in 2011.

Coaching Quick Facts
Full Name: Peter Lawrence Hanson
Born: Dec. 10, 1956 in Flint, Mich.
Hometown: Flint, Mich.
High School: Flint Northwestern
Alma Mater: Ball State '79
Family: Wife, Marianne; sons John (20) and Phillip (18)
Playing Career: Kellogg Community College, 1976-77; National Junior College Athletic Association Championship (1976, 77), NJCAA All-American (1976); Ball State University, 1978-79; Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Championship (1979); Fourth at NCAA Championship (1979)
Coaching Career: Assistant Coach (Men), Ball State (1979); Assistant Coach (Women), Wyoming (1980-81), Head Coach (Women), Wyoming (1982); Head Coach (Men), Ohio State (1985-present)
Coaching Accomplishments: Two-time Volleyball Magazine Coach of the Year (1998, 2011); Two-time American Volleyball Coaches Association Coach of the Year (2000, 2011); 11-time Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Coaches Association Coach of the Year (1988, 93, 96, 98, 2000, 04, 07, 08, 09, 10(co), 11); 15 MIVA Championships (1986, 87, 93(co), 95(co), 96(co), 98, 99(co), 2000, 04, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12(co); 10-time MIVA Tournament Champion (1986, 87, 93, 2000, 01, 05, 08, 09, 10, 11)Ten NCAA appearances (1986, 87, 93, 2000, 01, 05, 08, 09, 10, 11); NCAA Runner-up (2000); NCAA Champion (2011).
USA Volleyball: Assistant Coach National Sports Festival (1986); Assistant Coach Olympic Sports Festival (1987); Assistant Coach National Elite Junior Training Camp (1988); Head Coach Olympic Sports Festival (1989); Assistant Coach USA Men's "B" Team (1994, 95); Assisted US Men's Olympic team in Atlanta (1996); Head Coach Junior Continental Championships (2012); Head Coach Men's U-21 World Championship (2013).
Away from volleyball: Enjoys golf, camping with his family and traveling.

Hanson by Season Overall MIVA NCAA Championship
Year School Won Lost Pct. Finish Won Lost Finish
1985 Ohio State 16 13 .552 2nd - - -
1986 Ohio State 25 15 .625 1st 0 2 4th
1987 Ohio State 18 21 .462 1st 0 2 4th
1988 Ohio State 23 12 .657 2nd - - -
1989 Ohio State 11 19 .367 2nd - - -
1990 Ohio State 8 24 .250 3rd - - -
1991 Ohio State 16 12 .571 3rd - - -
1992 Ohio State 12 18 .400 3rd - - -
1993 Ohio State 28 10 .737 T1st 0 2 4th
1994 Ohio State 20 13 .606 3rd - - -
1995 Ohio State 18 12 .600 T1st - - -
1996 Ohio State 23 7 .767 T1st - - -
1997 Ohio State 19 9 .679 4th - - -
1998 Ohio State 25 2 .926 1st - - -
1999 Ohio State 21 6 .778 T1st - - -
2000 Ohio State 25 4 .862 1st 1 1 2nd
2001 Ohio State 22 6 .786 T2nd 0 1 Semifinalist
2002 Ohio State 21 9 .700 3rd - - -
2003 Ohio State 18 10 .643 T3rd - - -
2004 Ohio State 21 9 .700 1st - - -
2005 Ohio State 24 8 .750 2nd 0 1 Semifinalist
2006 Ohio State 20 12 .625 4th - - -
2007 Ohio State 23 4 .852 1st - - -
2008 Ohio State 20 8 .714 1st 0 1 Semifinalist
2009 Ohio State 16 11 .593 1st 0 1 Semifinalist
2010 Ohio State 22 8 .733 1st 0 1 Semifinalist
2011 Ohio State 26 6 .813 1st 2 0 Champion
2012 Ohio State 21 9 .700 T1st - - -
2013 Ohio State 19 8 .703 T3rd - - -
Totals 581 305 .655

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