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LETHBRIDGE:  Mike Hansen has been named the new head coach of the University of Lethrbidge Pronghorn men's basketball program.

Hansen, who is the 10th coach in the programs history, replaces Dave Adams, who resigned February 25th after his fourth season with the program to pursue an international opportunity outside of coaching.

Executive Director of Sport and Recreation Sandy Slavin stated, “We are excited to welcome Mike back to the program. His track record at the college level speaks for itself and his connection to the basketball community in southern Alberta is equally important.”

Hansen returns to the ‘Horns program after suiting up for the blue and gold during the 1990s. He played in 74 games for the Pronghorns over four seasons under the programs all-time winningest coach Dave Crook and graduated after the 1994 season.

According to Hansen, “I have a huge sense of responsibility to live up to the standards they have set for this program, and I hope I can have the same impact on my players that they’ve had on me.”

Coaching at both the college level and high school in Alberta, Hansen comes to the ‘Horns with a wealth of experience. Over five seasons in the ACAC with the Lethbridge College and NAIT, Hansen compiled a 68-30 conference record and a 114-47 overall record. Coach Hansen reached the playoffs in all five seasons in the ACAC including bronze medal finishes in 2009 and 2012 and a silver medal at the 2011 ACAC Final Four Championships.

After leading the Lethbridge College to a 17-1 record and a CCAA silver medal, he moved on to NAIT for one season and finished with a 16-4 record. He resigned from NAIT after one season due to the inability to relocate his family to Edmonton.

In addition to his college coaching Hansen spent 10 years as a local high school coach, winning three league titles, four zone championships and attending the provincial championships 6 times, including this past year when he led the Chinook High School Senior Girls team to their first 4A Zone championship and a 4th place finish at provincials. He has also been involved in Alberta's provincial program, serving as an assistant coach and winning a bronze medal at the 2001 Canada Games.

Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 4/16/2014 2:29:52 PM
Source: U-of-L News Release
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