Steve Hanson
Jessica Wallace

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New assistant coaches for Clan basketball programs

June 18, 2015
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Steve Hanson, long-time coach of the Terry Fox Ravens in Port Coquitlam, B.C., has joined Simon Fraser University as an assistant coach with the men's basketball program.

Jessica Wallace, a former captain and graduate assistant coach at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), is the new assistant coach for the women’s basketball program.

Hanson coached Terry Fox Secondary to the 2012 B.C. High School Boys Basketball 3A provincial championship and led the Ravens to a second place finish at the 2015 4A tournament.

Hanson, who earned an SFU bachelor of education in 2013, coached in the Canada Basketball Centre of Performance program from 2009-2012, and has been heavily involved in youth basketball as the head coach of player development at 3D Basketball Academy in North Vancouver, B.C.

Hanson also spent six years as a speed and strength specialist with Gridiron Sports Development Inc.

Wallace, a native of Vanderhoof, B.C., completed her collegiate playing career (2011-2014) and one season as a graduate assistant coach (2014-15) at IUP, which competes in the National Collegiate Athletic Aassociation (NCAA) Division II.

During her three seasons at IUP, she captained the Crimson Hawks for one season. The Hawks had an overall record of 62-24 with three conference tournament berths and two appearances in the NCAA Atlantic Region Semi-finals.

Wallace originally attended University of Northern BC in Prince George after graduating from Nechako Valley Secondary School. Knee injuries limited her to just one season (2008-09) at UNBC before re-starting her career with IUP in 2011.

Last year, while Wallace was assistant coach, the Crimson Hawks posted a 25-4 record, won the regular season PSAC West Title and made a first round appearance in the NCAA Tournament.