Hanson previously coached at the University of Arizona for two years as the head assistant coach. He work primarily with Arizona's distance freestyle and medley swimmers while also handling recruiting for the men's team.
Before Arizona, Hanson coached for 12 seasons at the University of Wisconsin in the assistant head coach capacity. Hanson was instrumental in leading the Badgers to its highest finish at the NCAA Championships along with mentoring the program's first-ever individual national champion in 2011. Hanson's primary duties at Wisconsin included working with distance and IM swimmers as well as being the director of Badger swim camps.
Hanson made his way to Wisconsin from a previous stint at the University of Arizona, his alma mater, where he served as a volunteer assistant coach for two years. Hanson worked with the middle distance and distance swimmers in weight training and cross training, as well as stroke and technique work.
During that time he also was the assistant senior coach, head developmental coach and masters assistant coach with Hillenbrand Aquatics of Tucson, Ariz.
Hanson was a four-year letter winner and two-time team captain at Arizona. He was a 1996 NCAA All-American and a Pac-10 Conference finalist for four years. Hanson also was a finalist at the U.S. Nationals.
A 1998 graduate of Arizona with a bachelor's degree in history and a minor in sociology, Hanson earned Pac-10 All-Academic honors and was a four-time Mary Roby Academic Achievement award recipient.