Steve Hanson named head coach of SFU men’s basketball
By Steve Frost
Steve Hanson, long-time coach of the Terry Fox Ravens in Port Coquitlam, has been appointed head coach of the Simon Fraser University men's basketball program.
Hanson was the lead assistant to the Clan men’s basketball team this past season and has been interim head coach of the program since April 7. Prior to joining Simon Fraser, Hanson coached Terry Fox Secondary to the 2012 BC High School Boys Basketball 3A provincial championship and led the Ravens to a second-place finish at the 2015 4A tournament.
“We are committed to building men's basketball into one of our flagship athletic programs at the University,” says Theresa Hanson, senior director of athletics and recreation (she is not related to Steve Hanson).
"This is a positive step forward. Steve has demonstrated technical expertise in his coaching and teaching abilities, and he displays the personal character that Simon Fraser values so highly.
Says Steve Hanson, “I fully understand the opportunity and challenge that comes with being Canada’s only NCAA [National Collegiate Athletic Association] men’s basketball team and I am going to put in the work recruiting, preparing the team and connecting with alumni to build a program we all can be proud of.”
Hanson, 41, is a native of Coquitlam with deep roots in British Columbia's basketball community. Terry Fox had a 93–27 win-loss record during Hanson’s four-year tenure as head coach. He was also an assistant to Canadian coaching legend Rich Chambers at Terry Fox for six years.
Hanson’s coaching résumé includes serving as head coach of the Canada Basketball Centre for Performance (CP) program in British Columbia where he worked with B.C.’s elite players. Previous CP head coaches include Jay Triano, Scott Clark, Rich Goulet and Rich Chambers. Hanson was also an Amateur Athletic Union coach with the 3D Basketball Academy where he led its boys’ academy for three years. He holds the equivalent of Level 3 certification from the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP).
An SFU alumnus
Hanson earned a bachelor of education from Simon Fraser in 2013, after earning a bachelor of physical education and coaching from Douglas College in 2011. He is married to Mary-Anne. Their son Adryan played for the Clan in 2009-10 before going on to a successful international modelling career.
As the lead assistant to the Clan last season, Hanson is familiar with the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC).
“In order to compete in the GNAC we need to recruit the right individual for SFU’s high academic standards and players who want to develop in our system,” says Hanson. “I want to recruit athletes who value a world-class education, who want to live in one of the best cities in the world, and who want to play against NCAA competition.”