Aug. 5, 2015


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Pete Hanson, Ohio State’s long-time head men’s volleyball coach, will receive induction into the American Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame as one of four members in the 13th annual AVCA Hall of Fame class.

The AVCA annually recognizes those individuals who have reached the pinnacle of their profession and the sport, with the AVCA Hall of Fame. The first AVCA Hall of Fame class, a total of 23 individuals who had earned either the AVCA Founders Award or AVCA Excellence in Education Award, was honored at the 2003 AVCA Annual Convention. These four will make a total of 70 members in the AVCA Hall of Fame when officially enshrined in Omaha, Neb., at the 2015 AVCA Convention.

Induction description from the AVCA:
In his 31 seasons at the helm of the Ohio State Buckeyes Men’s Volleyball Team, few coaches have the track record to match up with Peter Hanson. After a playing career at Kellogg Community College and Ball State University, he first got into coaching as the University of Wyoming Assistant Coach for two seasons before heading to Columbus to become the program’s eighth head coach.

Since his first year in 1985, Hanson has recorded 614 wins and a .650 winning percentage. The two-time AVCA Coach of the Year racked up 15 MIVA titles and 10 NCAA Tournaments culminating in a 2011 NCAA National Championship. When they defeated UC Santa Barbara they became the first team from the MIVA to take home the national crown. He has been voted the MIVA Coach of the Year 11 times in his career.

Hanson also spends countless hours helping grow the sport of volleyball, particularly on the men’s side. He is routinely seen at various coaching events sharing his knowledge and passion for the game, always willing to help whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a rookie coach. If you happen to find yourself in a high school Ohio gym, don’t be surprised if you stumble upon Hanson lending a hand.

“He has provided a model for a highly successful coach who is even a better father, husband and friend,” said Penn State Head Men’s Volleyball Coach Mark Pavlik. “Pete is THE type of men’s volleyball coach I would want to represent the men’s coaching world in the AVCA Hall of Fame!”