April 16 - 22, 2013
The No. 4 seed Buckeyes take on No. 5 seed Grand Canyon in St. John Arena
April 9-15. 2013
Ohio State takes on the Hawks in a pair of MIVA matches at St. John Arena
April 2 - April 8, 2013
Pete Hanson, a native of Flint, Mich., is the eighth volleyball coach for the Ohio State program. In 28 years at Ohio State he has posted a 562-297 (.654) 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.
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