Legendary coach continues to lead men's volleyball program
Coach Hanson among eight inductees for 2017
Ohio State dominates MIVA postseason awards
Buckeyes improve to 25-2 overall and 14-0 in MIVA play
Ohio State improves to 22-1 overall and 11-0 in MIVA play
Pete Hanson has served as the Ohio State head men's volleyball coach for the last 33 seasons and guided the Buckeyes to three NCAA national titles in the last seven years (2011, 2016, 2017). In three-plus decades at Ohio State, the Flint, Mich., native has posted an overall record of 677-335 (.669) and 296-90 (.767) clip in Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) matches. The Buckeyes are a combined 63-5 (.926) in the two most recent seasons, each ending with celebration under the confetti as national champions.
HALL OF FAME HANSON
• Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame (inducted in 2017)
• MIVA Hall of Fame inaugural class (inducted in 2017)
• America Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame (inducted in 2015 as one of just 70 members overall at the time of enshrinement)
Hanson has been named the National Coach of the Year four times. Volleyball Magazine tabbed him as such in 1998 and the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) did so in 2000 before both organizations selected him as the Coach of the Year following Ohio State's 2011 NCAA Championship. He picked up the prestigious AVCA honor once again in 2016.
Ohio State's 2016 national championship came exactly five years to the date (May 7) after the program's first crown in 2011. Furthering the parallel, both titles were also clinched in the same facility, Penn State's Rec Hall. The ’17 triumph was witnessed by over 8,000 fans packed into St. John Arena.
Hanson corralled his 13th MIVA Coach of the Year recognition in '17 following a 32-2 campaign which ended in not only the NCAA Championship but also a clean sweep of the MIVA regular season and MIVA Tournament titles for the second year in a row.
The Buckeye national title in '11 concluded with a five-set victory over UC Santa Barbara. Ohio State went 26-6 and captured the MIVA regular season championship as well that season. Hanson has guided the Buckeyes to 17 MIVA regular season titles overall and made 12 NCAA Tournament appearances.
Hanson's squads have racked up 20-or-more wins in 21 of 33 seasons. The Buckeyes have also swept through an undefeated home slate six times under the tutelage of Hanson.
Ohio State strung together five consecutive MIVA crowns from 2007-2011. The five-year tear ending in a 2011 national championship came with a combined winning percentage of .743 (107-37).
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 addition, 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.
Pete and his wife, Marianne, have two sons John (31) and Phil (29). John is an Ohio State graduate and is in the process of completely a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering at MIT. Phil graduated from Marquette University and earned his master's degree from the University North Carolina in Public Health and City and Regional Planning in the Spring of 2015.
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 (28) and Phillip (26)
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: Three-time American Volleyball Coaches Association Coach of the Year (2000, 11, 16); Two-time Volleyball Magazine Coach of the Year (1998, 2011); 13-time Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Coaches Association Coach of the Year (1988, 93, 96, 98, 2000, 04, 07, 08, 09, 10(co), 11, 16, 17); 17 MIVA Championships (1986, 87, 93(co), 95(co), 96(co), 98, 99(co), 2000, 04, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12(co), 16, 17); 12-time MIVA Tournament Champion (1986, 87, 93, 2000, 01, 05, 08, 09, 10, 11, 16, 17), 12 NCAA Tournament appearances (1986, 87, 93, 2000, 01, 05, 08, 09, 10, 11, 16, 17); NCAA Runner-up (2000); Three-time NCAA Champion (2011, 16, 17).
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.
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