Mark Hanson ’83

Alumni, Faculty, and Administrator

Head Men's Basketball/Teacher HES in Health and Exercise Science and Health and Exercise Science

Mark Hanson is entering his 24th season as the head coach of the Gustavus Adolphus men's basketball program. During that time, Hanson has directed the team to 11 NCAA Division III National Tournament appearances, including reaching the Final Four for the first time in school history and placing second in the nation during the 2002-03 season.

Last season, Hanson led the Gusties an overall record of 13-11 and an MIAC mark of 10-9.  Gustavus missed the MIAC Playoffs for just the first time in 12 years and only seventh time in Coach Hanson's tenure.

In the 2010-11 season, Hanson earned his 400th career victory with an 89-78 win over Saint Mary’s on Gus Young Court.  He became the 65th coach in NCAA Division III history, and 31st active coach, to reach the 400-win milestone.  Research indicated that Hanson was the 14th fastest coach to reach 400 victories in Division III history, as becomes just the sixth coach from the MIAC to reach the 400-win plateau.

Hanson, who has compiled a 435-196 overall record at Gustavus, including a 329-130 record in the MIAC, has won seven MIAC Championships, and has been named MIAC Coach of the Year eight times. He has helped guide Gustavus to the MIAC Playoffs 19 times, reaching the finals 14 years and winning the MIAC Playoff Championship on seven occassions. His teams have reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament six times and the Elite Eight three times. Hanson has coached 27 players who have garnered 47 All-Conference honors, four MIAC Players of the Year, eight players who have received 13 all-region honors, and three All-Americans. In addition, Hanson has coached one Jostens' Award Finalist (Trevor Wittwer, 2008), which recognizes the top Division III men's basketball player in the nation based on academics, athletics, and community involvement.

Hanson is a 1983 Gustavus graduate and the basketball program's all-time leading scorer with 1,774 points. He was a two-time NAIA All-America and GTE Academic All-America selection, a three-time Gustie MVP and a four-time All-MIAC selection.

A long-time outdoor enthusiast, Hanson earned his master's degree in experiential education at Mankato State University and teaches outdoor education classes in the health and exercise science department. He is also the outdoor program director at the college.

Hanson, a native of Dodge Center, Minnesota, lives in St. Peter with his two children, Hans and Annika.

Education

B.A. Gustavus Adolphus College; M.A. Mankato State University


Courses Taught

Current

HES-110 (Canoeing), HES-111 (Kayaking), HES-129 (Fly Casting/Fishing), HES-158 (Men's Basketball), and HES-254 (Men's Basketball Practicum)

Past
Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
HES-110Canoeing552013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2010/SP, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, 2008/FA, 2008/SP, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/FA, 2006/SP, 2005/FA, 2005/SP, 2004/FA, 2004/SP, 2003/FA, 2003/SP, 2002/FA, 2002/SP, 2001/FA, 2001/SP, 2000/FA, 2000/SP, 1999/FA, and 1999/SP
HES-114Rock Climbing522013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/SP, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, 2008/FA, 2008/SP, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/FA, 2006/SP, 2005/FA, 2005/SP, 2004/FA, 2004/SP, 2003/FA, 2003/SP, 2002/FA, 2002/SP, 2001/FA, 2001/SP, 2000/FA, 2000/SP, 1999/FA, and 1999/SP
HES-111Kayaking342013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, 2008/FA, 2008/SP, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/FA, 2006/SP, 2005/FA, 2005/SP, 2004/FA, 2003/FA, 2002/FA, 2001/FA, 2000/FA, 1999/FA, and 1999/SP
HES-158Men's Basketball302013/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, 2007/SP, 2006/SP, 2005/SP, 2004/SP, 2003/SP, 2002/SP, 2001/SP, 2000/SP, and 1999/SP
HES-254Men's Basketball Practicum192013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, 2007/FA, 2006/FA, 2005/FA, 2004/FA, 2003/FA, 2002/FA, 2002/JN, 2001/FA, and 2000/SP
HES-113Camping142013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, 2007/FA, 2006/FA, 2005/FA, 2004/FA, 2003/FA, 2002/FA, 2001/FA, 2000/FA, and 1999/FA
HES-112Outdoor Education52004/SP, 2003/SP, 2002/SP, 2001/SP, and 2000/SP
HES-129Fly Casting/Fishing42013/SP and 2012/SP

Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.