Columbus, Ohio – The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce that The Ohio State University head men’s volleyball coach Pete Hanson has been selected as the 2011 AVCA Division I-II Men’s National Coach of the Year.
A 28-year veteran at the helm, Hanson led Ohio State to a season of firsts in 2011. The Buckeyes captured their first-ever NCAA Men’s Volleyball Championship, becoming only one of three squads outside the West to do so, and finished the season as the No. 1 team in the AVCA Men’s Division I-II Top-15 Poll for the first time in program history. OSU entered the NCAA Championship as the event’s No. 3 seed, knocking off No. 2 seed Penn State, 3-1, in the tournament semifinals before securing a dramatic 3-2 victory over No. 4 seed UC Santa Barbara in the title tilt.
Ohio State ended 2011 with a 26-6 overall record, its fifth consecutive Midwestern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIVA) regular season title with an 11-1 league mark, and the MIVA Tournament title, while being ranked in the top-10 of the Top 15 Poll for every week of the season. In addition, Hanson mentored the NCAA Tournament MVP and AVCA First-Team All-American Steven Kehoe.
Hanson holds a career record of 541-288 during his time with the Buckeyes, and has now twice been honored as the AVCA Division I-II Men’s National Coach of the Year, the first time coming after the 2000 season.