Mark Hanson ’83

Alumni, Faculty, and Administrator

Head Men's Basketball/Director Outdoor Education/Teacher Hes in Athletics and Health and Exercise Science

Mark Hanson is in his 31st season as the head coach of the Gustavus Adolphus men's basketball program for the 2020-21 season. During his time as head coach, Hanson has directed his teams 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.

In the 2018-19 season, Hanson earned his 500th career victory with an 87-50 win at Macalester. Entering the 2020-21 season, Hanson ranks 11th in career victories (516) among active Division III coaches. 

Hanson, who has compiled a 516-295 overall record at Gustavus, including a 393-208 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 21 times, reaching the finals 14 years and winning the MIAC Playoff Championship on seven occasions. His teams have reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament six times and the Elite Eight three times. Hanson has coached 31 players who have garnered 51 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 two Jostens' Award Finalists (Trevor Wittwer, 2008; Marc Newell, 1999), 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 and has two children, Hans and Annika.

Year        Record

1990-91   19-8

1991-92   22-7

1992-93   12-12

1993-94   14-10

1994-95   14-11

1995-96   24-5

1996-97   21-7

1997-98   26-4

1998-99   24-6

1999-00   14-10

2000-01   24-5

2001-02   24-5

2002-03   26-7

2003-04   22-6

2004-05   22-6

2005-06   19-8

2006-07   14-13

2007-08   19-8

2008-09   13-14

2009-10   16-11

2010-11   15-13

2011-12   20-8

2012-13   13-10

2013-14   17-9

2014-15   16-11

2015-16   12-13

2016-17   5-20

2017-18   12-13

2018-19   11-15

2019-20   8-17

30 seasons   516-295

Education

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


Courses Taught

Past
Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
HES-110 Canoeing 81 2020/SP, 2019/FA, 2019/SP, 2018/FA, 2018/SP, 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/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-114 Rock Climbing 64 2019/FA, 2018/FA, 2017/FA, 2016/FA, 2015/FA, 2014/FA, 2013/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-111 Kayaking 54 2020/SP, 2019/FA, 2019/SP, 2018/FA, 2018/SP, 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/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-158 Men's Basketball 44 2020/SP, 2019/SP, 2018/SP, 2017/SP, 2016/SP, 2015/SP, 2014/SP, 2013/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-254 Men's Basketball Practicum 32 2020/SP, 2019/FA, 2019/SP, 2018/FA, 2018/SP, 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/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-113 Camping 20 2019/FA, 2018/FA, 2017/FA, 2016/FA, 2015/FA, 2014/FA, 2013/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-129 Fly Casting/Fishing 18 2020/SP, 2019/SP, 2018/SP, 2017/SP, 2016/SP, 2015/SP, 2014/SP, 2013/SP, and 2012/SP
HES-112 Outdoor Education 5 2004/SP, 2003/SP, 2002/SP, 2001/SP, and 2000/SP
Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.