A Legend Exits

by Kyle Kuhlman and Russ Hoeflich

Pete Hanson’s historic 35-year tenure as Buckeye men’s volleyball head coach has come to an end. The Ohio State Athletics Hall of Famer (’17) is retiring with over four decades of collegiate volleyball coaching experience and an indelible impact on NCAA Volleyball, USA Volleyball and the OSU Athletics Department.

Hanson, who began his Buckeye life in 1985, captured three NCAA Championships and was named the National Coach of the Year four times. He steered the Buckeyes to national titles in 2011, 2016 and 2017. The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) not only selected Hanson as their National Coach of the Year in 2000, 2011 and 2016, but also inducted him into the AVCA Hall of Fame in 2015 (one of just 75 members at the time of enshrinement). Volleyball Magazine bestowed its national coaching honor to Hanson in both 1998 and 2011.

Hanson concludes his career with an overall winning percentage of .665 (712-359) and conference mark of 312-102 (.754). The 712 wins rank third all-time in NCAA history. His Buckeyes were crowned Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) regular season champions in over half (18) of his seasons. Hanson added 13 MIVA Tournament titles as well.

More than 200 Academic All-Big Ten honors have come through the doors under Hanson. Five student-athletes took it a step further and were selected as Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients. In the last 10 years, 65 percent (139 of 214) of the program’s members have earned OSU Scholar-Athlete recognition.

“I would also like to say thank you to the many, many student-athletes that chose to enroll at Ohio State and become members of our volleyball program. The legacy of Ohio State volleyball was and has been built by all of those fine young men that wore the Scarlet and Gray. I am forever indebted to them ..."