It’s the end of an era in Columbus. On Thursday morning, Ohio State men’s volleyball coach Pete Hanson announced his retirement. The school sent out a press release following the decision.
Hanson had been the head coach of Ohio State men’s volleyball for 35 years. He began his run in Columbus in 1985 and had immeasurable success with the Buckeyes.
“Reflecting back on the 35 years spent as head coach at Ohio State, I would be remiss if I did not say ‘thank you’ to the many people who helped me not only begin my journey at Ohio State, but also provided support and guidance along the way,” Hanson said in a statement. “I would also like to say thank you to the many, many student-athletes that chose to enroll at Ohio State and become members of our volleyball program. The legacy of Ohio State volleyball was and has been built by all of those fine young men that wore the Scarlet and Gray. I am forever indebted to them, and they helped to ensure that Ohio State volleyball remained one of the most respected programs in the country.”
In 35 years with the program, Hanson led the Buckeyes to three NCAA Championships (2011, 2016, 2017) and was a four-time National Coach of the Year (1998, 2000, 2011, 2016). He was also inducted into the American Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2015.
Hanson is also enshrined in the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame.