Legendary Tennis Coach Bob Hansen Set To Retire At End Of June

Legendary Tennis Coach Bob Hansen Set To Retire At End Of June


Bob Hansen at the 2022 NCAA Championships.

Middlebury’s men’s tennis coach Bob Hansen is set to officially retire on June 30 after a 41-year career. Hansen transitioned into the associate head coach role in the summer of 2020 after serving as the Panthers’ head coach for nine seasons.

“I will be forever grateful to have had the opportunity to coach at Middlebury College in the last decade of my college coaching career,” Hansen said. “I have been blessed with the most amazing student-athletes, colleagues and athletic staff members who have brought me great joy and support. I am happy to leave a vibrant, compelling and successful team culture in the able hands of Coach Andrew Thomson. I am certain he will continue to create amazing student-athlete experiences for all members of this program. I want to give a special thanks to Erin Quinn for leading an exceptional athletic program in which I was proud to serve!”

“When Bob first expressed an interest in our open head men’s tennis position years ago, we were thrilled to have a coach of his caliber taking over our successful program,” said Director of Athletics Erin Quinn. “He has exceeded our already high expectations, continuing to develop a strong and healthy team culture and helping his players to maximize their potential on the court, which in turn has allowed them to discover the best version of themselves in an aspirational but supportive environment. Bob is a world-class teacher, leader and mentor and we will miss him dearly, but fortunately he has set the program up beautifully for sustained excellence with Andrew Thomson at the helm.”

Hansen served as the head coach at Middlebury for nine seasons (2011-2020), establishing a rich postseason tradition. The team advanced to the NCAA Tournament each year during his tenure, capturing the national title in 2018 with a single-season record 25 wins (25-4). The Panthers advanced to the semifinals six-straight straight times under the veteran coach, while appearing in the finals three times. The squad also claimed four NESCAC Championships during that span. Over his nine seasons, Hansen compiled a record of 163-39. Hansen coached Middlebury’s first two NCAA Doubles Champions and the program’s first NCAA Singles Champion. He also guided an ITA Singles Champion and an ITA Doubles Champion during his stint at Middlebury.

Most of Hansen’s time as the associate head coach spanned during the pandemic without competitions. This year, the Panthers returned to the courts and Hansen helped lead the team back to the NCAA Semifinals. Alongside Thomson, the duo guided Stan Morris to the ITA Cup and NCAA Singles Titles. Morris was the second NCAA Singles Champion that Hansen had coached at Middlebury and seventh overall.

Prior to his time with the Panthers, Hansen served as the head coach at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) for 30 years. The creator of the UCSC tennis program, Hansen led that team to seven NCAA Team Championships and three ITA Indoor Team titles. He coached five NCAA Singles Champions, 10 NCAA Doubles Champions, three ITA Singles Champions and six ITA Doubles Champions during his tenure at UCSC.

Hansen concludes his career having coached 146 All-American selections across the two institutions. His eight NCAA Team Championships are the most in Division III men’s tennis history.

HANSEN’S HEAD COACHING CAREER BY THE NUMBERS

  • NCAA Team Championships: 8
  • ITA Indoor Team Championships: 3
  • NCAA Individual Champions: 12 (plus one as the associate head coach in 2022)
  • ITA Individual Champions: 11 (plus one as the associate head coach in 2021)
  • All-Americans: 146 (plus five as the associate head coach in 2022)
  • NESCAC Titles: 4

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