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Pete Hanson has served as the Ohio State head men's volleyball coach for the last 31 seasons. He is the eighth head coach in program history. In three-plus decades at Ohio State, the Flint, Mich., native has posted an overall record of 614-330 (.650) and 265-89 (.749) clip in Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) matches.
Hanson has been named the National Coach of the Year three 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.
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 15 MIVA regular season titles overall and made 10 NCAA semifinal appearances. He has been voted the MIVA Coach of the Year 11 times throughout his career.
Hanson's squads have racked up 20-or-more wins in 19 of 31 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 (29) and Phil (27). 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.
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